During a talk at Cambridge, Massachusettes, Noam Chomsky hit out at the new movie American Sniper, calling the man the movie is based on, Chris Kyle, a ‘cold-blooded killer’.
He also criticised President Obama, saying “That mentality helps explain why it’s so easy to ignore what is most clearly the most extreme terrorist campaign of modern history, if not ever — Obama’s global assassination campaign, the drone campaign, which officially is aimed at murdering people who are suspected of maybe someday planning to harm us.”
During a talk given at a Cambridge, Massachusetts event, Chomsky characterized the most lethal sniper in American history, Chris Kyle, as a cold-blooded killer.
He read Kyle’s own words allow: “‘I hated the damn savages I’d been fighting,’” Chomsky said, quoting the nation’s most lethal sniper.
“‘Savage, despicable, evil — that’s what we were fighting in Iraq. That’s why a lot of people, myself included, called the enemy savages. There was really no other way to describe what we encountered there.’”
But Chomsky noted that while Kyle referred to his first kill as a “terrorist,” a woman holding a grenade while American troops attacked her village, the United States President and his administration have actually been engaged in what would be considered terrorism if anyone but the world’s most powerful nation was carrying it out.
Chomsky unloaded on the U.S. drone campaign and how the president’s “kill list” is made up, based upon suspicions of who “might” become a terrorist.
“Getting back to Chris Kyle,” Chomsky added, making a broader point. “He regarded his first kill as a terrorist — this woman who walked in the street — but we can’t really attribute that to the mentality of a psychopathic killer, because we’re all tarred by the same brush insofar as we tolerate or keep silent about official policy.”
“That mentality helps explain why it’s so easy to ignore what is most clearly the most extreme terrorist campaign of modern history, if not ever — Obama’s global assassination campaign, the drone campaign, which officially is aimed at murdering people who are suspected of maybe someday planning to harm us.”
Chomsky noted that not all reviews of the movie were positive. Newsweek’s Jeff Stein, a former US intelligence officer, called the movie appalling. Chomsky noted that Stein remembered visiting a “clubhouse for snipers, where to quote him, ‘the barroom walls featured white-on-black Nazi SS insignia, and other Wehrmacht regalia. The Marine shooters clearly identified with the marksmen of the world’s most infamous killing machine, rather than regular troops.”
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