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.
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
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.