Interview: Welcome to a Science-Fiction Planet

Source: TomDispatch
by David Barsamian & Noam Chomsky

“DAVID BARSAMIAN: Let’s head into the most obvious nightmare of this moment, the war in Ukraine and its effects globally. But first a little background. Let’s start with President George H.W. Bush’s assurance to then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not move ‘one inch to the east’ — and that pledge has been verified. My question to you is, why didn’t Gorbachev get that in writing? NOAM CHOMSKY: He accepted a gentleman’s agreement, which is not that uncommon in diplomacy. Shake-of-the-hand. Furthermore, having it on paper would have made no difference whatsoever. Treaties that are on paper are torn up all the time. What matters is good faith. And in fact, H.W. Bush, the first Bush, did honor the agreement explicitly.” (06/16/22)

https://tomdispatch.com/welcome-to-a-science-fiction-planet/