Print Report
Increase Text Size
June 22, 2010 Clip No. 2530

American Linguist Noam Chomsky to Iranian TV: The US More Fundamentalist than Saudi Arabia and the Taliban

Following are excerpts from an interview with American linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky, which aired on Al-Alam TV on June 22, 2010. The translation is from the Arabic voiceover.

Noam Chomsky: We must bear in mind that the US is a very fundamentalist society, perhaps more than any other society in the world – even more fundamentalist than Saudi Arabia or the Taliban. That's very surprising. About half of the [US] population believes that all living species were created 6,000 years ago in their current form.

[...]

It's entirely possible that Ahmadinejad and George Bush are spiritual brothers. It is likely that they both believe that the Second Coming is near. It may be the Mahdi, or Jesus Christ, or somebody else, but pretty soon, everything is going to be solved, because all the glorious and miraculous things will happen exactly as predicted. All religions know this and believe in this.

Therefore, it does not really matter what you do today – whether you blow up the world with nuclear weapons, or destroy the environment, or anything – because all this would be taken care of.

Close
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is an independent, non-profit organization providing translations of the Middle East media and original analysis and research on developments in the region. Copies of articles and documents cited, as well as background information, are available on request.
MEMRI holds copyrights on all translations. Materials may only be used with proper attribution.

The Middle East Media Research Institute
P.O. Box 27837, Washington, DC 20038-7837
Phone: [202] 955-9070 Fax: [202] 955-9077 E-Mail: [email protected]
Search previous MEMRI publications at our website: www.memri.org