Chomsky: West's self-interest reduces R2P to "noble rhetoric"

[TamilNet, Saturday, 31 October 2009, 20:13 GMT]
During an invited lecture at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of London University, Noam Chomsky, one of the world's well known intellectual and professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT, said on Sri Lanka, that although there's "a lot of noble rhetoric about Responsibility to Protect (R2P), there is no particular Western advantage in protecting people who are being slaughtered, and are being thrown into concentration camps. Somehow these didn't make it in the noble rhetoric," and added Sri Lanka was a "horror story, especially towards the end."

Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus of linguistics at MIT
Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus of linguistics at MIT
Chomsky added that in the way West acts, "there is no protection for any people who it doesn't do any good [to the West] to protect, and basically Sri Lankans [Tamils] are in that unfortunate position."

On China's engagement with Sri Lanka, Chomsky said, "they [China] don't gain anything by supporting the Tamil refugees in concentration camps, so why should they do it [help]?

"Infact, most of the South supported the Sri Lankan Government. That's who they are," Chomsky said.

On R2P, Chomsky referred to a discussion he had this summer in the UN General Assembly, and said the "hypocrisy was so profound, it was suffocating."



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