Noam Chomsky, author or On Western Terrorism, was featured in an article today on The Huffington Post, stating that a US-led attack on Syria without UN support would be a war-crime, regardless of congressional support.
Chomsky’s comments were in response to Barack Obama’s announcement that he was to seek Congress’s approval on his decision to take military action against Syrian regime targets, in an attempt to “hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behaviour, and degrade their capacity to carry it out.”
Chomsky was quoted as saying:
“As international support for Obama’s decision to attack Syria has collapsed, along with the credibility of government claims, the administration has fallen back on a standard pretext for war crimes when all else fails: the credibility of the threats of the self-designated policeman of the world.”
He went on to say:
“[T]hat aggression without UN authorization would be a war crime, a very serious one, is quite clear, despite tortured efforts to invoke other crimes as precedents.”
The article referenced his earlier ambiguous comments about Syria:
Chomsky recently traveled to the region to learn more about the Syria crisis, and his comments there led some to believe he was open to military intervention if negotiations failed to produce peace. “I believe you should choose the negotiating track first, and should you fail, then moving to the second option” — backing the rebels — “becomes more acceptable.”
Read the article at its original source here.
Noam Chomsky is a world renowned linguist and one of America’s foremost social critics. His new book, On Western Terrorism: from Hiroshima to Drone Warfare, is released on 20th September and can be pre-ordered here for just £11.50, or click on the cover image below.