“For the first time in the history of humanity, we are living in a dangerous situation that threatens the very survival of the human species. I am talking about the monstrous capacity for killing possessed nowadays by the United States. This is thanks to the project, started under the Obama administration and now in the hands of Trump, for the technological modernization of nuclear weapons, which has reached levels dramatically superior to those possessed by the Russian nuclear arsenal as a deterrent. The margins of error have been shrunk to the point that we cannot exclude a nuclear catastrophe.”
It is with these dramatic statements that our interview with Noam Chomsky began, an interview granted to il manifesto after the unilateral military strike on Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles; after the raid in Afghanistan which dropped the “mother of all bombs,” the Daisy Cutter, with technology perfected by the Pentagon and used in 1991 in Iraq; and after the threat of military retaliation for the tensions with North Korea. It came just as Trump was beginning to threaten not to certify that Tehran is following the terms of the nuclear deal, calling this ‘prudent.’
What is the strategy and motivation for the new military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan?