“How about Colin Powell?” he then asks rhetorically. “He justified a preemptive war against no threat. So if von Ribbentrop was hanged…You know…Okay, fill it out.”
Later in the interview, Chomsky interprets an article by Slate’s Matthew Yglesias’ as an argument for comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany.
“There was one interesting response [to the targeted killing of Osama bin Laden] from a well-known, left-liberal, young political analyst, Matthew Yglesias, who said this was extremely naïve, because the whole purpose of international law is to legitimize the use of force by the Western Powers – meaning the United States,” Chomsky said.
“Well, he is not wrong. It’s nice to have somebody say the words,” he continued. “But what he is saying is: ‘Look, forget all the rhetoric. This is pure farce. We are just like the Nazis. We do what we like.’”