Text of Noam Chomsky electronic mail interview with Yeni Şafak newspaper
August 13, 2013
How do you describe of Egypt’s climate right now? What do you see in the coming days?
CHOMSKY: Yes, surprising. I was aware that the military was in the background, jealous of its privileges, intent on maintaining its economic empire and its traditional political control. But was surprised at their willingness and ability to move so forcefully and with such brutality to install a harsh military regime, and particularly surprised at the range of popular support for these actions – for which, I suspect, supporters will pay dearly in the days to come.
Did you predict that would be a blow to the Egypt by the forces of Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi?
CHOMSKY: The support seems to me quite limited. The US and its western allies have not acted significantly to oppose the military coup, but contrary to rumors that are rampant in the region, there is little evidence of firm support – unlike Saudi Arabia, particularly.
USA say that Sisi will bring the democracy to Egypt. What is the democracy for the United States?
CHOMSKY: It was a small gesture of opposition to the military coup and to Morsi’s detention by the ruling military regime.
Who do you think responsible for the coup in Egypt?
CHOMSKY: Israel did not hide its sympathy for the military coup, but I know of no evidence of significant cooperation.
What do you say about Turkey? Do you believe that Turkey's role model for the Middle East?
CHOMSKY: Erdogan harshly condemned the coup and voiced strong support for the Muslim Brotherhood. And in Syria has been supporting the highly fragmented and complex rebel opposition. In both cases I think more nuanced approaches are appropriate.
In your opinion; who is the greatest supporter for Mursi nowadays? And why?
CHOMSKY: I am afraid that Egypt is heading to a dark period of counter-revolution. However, important popular forces have been unleashed by the inspiring uprisings of the past several years, and I do not think they will be easily subdued. There may be many more surprises ahead. Undoubtedly what happens in Egypt will have a major impact in the region.