Norman Solomon : « We must challenge the destructive power of a state of war ». D.R.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen :As anti-war activist and writer, do not you think that the policy of the United States consists essentially in causing wars in the world in the only purpose to protect their strategic interests ?
Norman Solomon : Many factors have contributed to the U.S. government’s strong tendency to engage in warfare. The arrogance of power has combined with the enormous military and economic might of the United States to propel an ongoing effort to dominate in geopolitical terms. Defining « strategic interests » very broadly, top officials in Washington have been in search of enemies, often creating them along the way.
You worked on the cooperation between CIA and Amazon, can you enlighten us on this matter ?
Amazon has signed a $ 600 000 000 with the CIA to provide the agency with IT services, having convinced the CIA to its superior technical capabilities in the digital domain. Amazon now has the means, motive and opportunity to provide huge amounts of information about its customers to its new business partner. Indeed, the company has accumulated, stored and analyzed billions of information on human beings. Amazon is now an integral part of the foreign policy of the United States and is responsible for keeping the secrets of the CIA and the accumulation of data to help the body to do its work, including drone strikes.
You were watched by FBI since your youth yourself, can we say that the United States are a democratic country, knowing the massive espionage which they practice in the global scale, revealed by Edward Snowden ?
There are strong elements of democracy in the United States, achieved by social movements and many individuals who struggled to gain civil liberties and democratic rights. The question of whether a country is « democratic » or not is usually, in my opinion, a matter of a spectrum of gray rather than black or white. That is true of the United States. We have some hard-won real freedoms and some very serious suppression of freedom.
What is the role today of an anti-war activist, which are the means which he has to fight ?
In the United States, we must challenge — nonviolently and emphatically — the destructive power of the warfare state. This involves public education, agitation, organizing and insistence on forever putting forward an alternative vision that can counter the momentum of what Martin Luther King Jr. aptly called « the madness of militarism. »
What reading do you give of what it takes place at present in Ukraine ?
The international law has suddenly become very popular in Washington. President Obama answered the Russian military intervention in Crimea by accusing Russia of » violation of the international law « . Secretary of State John Kerry followed by declaring that Russia has committed « a clear direct violation of international law ». Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law that Barack Obama whose pursuit of the « war against terrorism » Bush circumvented international law.
What message can you send to the peoples of countries aimed by the American or other imperialism, as our Algerian people ?
Solidarity on the basis of humanistic connection is crucial. We are all sisters and brothers. We must find ways to nonviolently and insistently create a better world for future generations.
Interview realized by Mohsen Abdelmoumen
Who is Norman Solomon ?
Norman Solomon, born in 1951 in California, is an American critical journalist of the media and an anti-war activist. He was candidate in 2012 for the United States House of Representatives. He is a longtime associate of the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). In 1997 he founded the Institute for public Accuracy which works to provide alternative sources for journalists, and served as its executive director until 2010. Author of several works, a complete collection of its articles entitled The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media won the George Orwell Award in 1999 for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. In 2000, Solomon teamed up with fellow investigative reporter Robert Parry to write a series of investigative reports on George W. Bush’ Secretary of State Colin Powell published on consortiumnews.com. His best seller Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You (co-authored with Reese Erlich) was published in 2003 and translated in several languages. His book War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, published in 2005 was the subject of a documentary in 2007 which the narrator was Sean Penn.
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