It's Not my Fault
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- Dec 18, 2021
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Yes, that does give voice to my irritation with him.While Chomsky does admit that Russia's invasion was criminal and did call the Kremlin "thugs", the thing that bugs me about him is the double standard he applies when the aggressor is not a Western country.
As a peacenik, I think he wants there to be some non-violent solution. He wants Ukraine, or more correctly the West through diplomatic pressure on Ukraine, to make territorial concessions and promise of neutrality despite it being "distasteful". He takes it as a given that Russia's leadership is nuts, and the only alternative to some type of capitulation on Ukraine's part is nuclear war.
But this is almost an exact mirror of what happened with respect to the Vietnam War. Yet there, he was highly critical of the US. Like why not blame North Vietnam for not negotiating in good faith and continuing to press the war. Didn't Nixon threaten to press the button there as well?
He also believes that the West and especially the US was somehow "undermining negotiations", which is laughable. He also heavily alluded that the war was "provoked" by the desire to expand NATO. I suppose that Russian leadership could feel provoked. The question is whether is whether it is a reasonable response.