Deepak Chopra: Too Hot For CNN?
It appears Deepak Chopra got a little too honest for CNN, and they cut him off as he accuses the US of funding both sides of the War on Terror:
Chopra: What we have seen in Mumbai has been brewing for a long time, and the war on terrorism and the attack on Iraq compounded the situation. What we call "collateral damage" and going after the wrong people actually turns moderates into extremists, and that inflammation then gets organized and appears as this disaster in Bombay. Now the worst thing that could happen is there’s a backlash on the Muslims from the fundamental Hindus in India, which then will perpetuate the problem. Inflammation will create more inflammation.
CNN: Let me jump in on that because you’re presuming something very important, which is that it’s Muslims who have carried out these attacks and, in some cases, with Washington in their sights.
Chopra: Ultimately the message is always toward Washington because it’s also the perception that Washington, in their way, directly or indirectly funds both sides of the war on terror. They fund our side, then our petrol dollars going to Saudi Arabia through Pakistan and ultimately these terrorist groups, which are very organized. You know Jonathan, it takes a lot of money to do this. It takes a lot of organization to do this. Where’s the money coming from, you know? The money is coming from the vested interests. I’m not talking about conspiracy theories, but what happens is, our policies, our foreign policies, actually perpetuate this problem. Because, you know, 25% of the world’s population is Muslim and they’re the fastest growing segment of the population of the world. The more we alienate the Muslim population, the more the moderates are likely to become extremists.
CNN: I hope you’re – you’ve – (CNN edits out the rest and inserts him concluding the interview saying "Indian physician and philosopher Deepak Chopra.")
As the Huffington Post notes, they cut him off to run a Chevy ad.
Update — The video goes on after they cut to the commercial:
CNN: I hope you’ll forgive me for jumping in because someone might say the dispute over Kashmir has caused so much violence, so much terror, and that’s not Washington’s fault, and the war on terror hasn’t really been the problem.
Chopra: It’s not Washington’s fault. You know right now this is not Washington’s problem, it’s not India’s problem, it’s not Pakistan’s problem, it’s not Afghanistan’s problem, it’s not Saudi Arabia’s problem — it’s everybody’s problem. This is the moment where India has to stop blaming Pakistan and actually ask Pakistan for help because Pakistan is going to become a failed state, as a breeding ground for the terrorism. In turn it’s not enough for [____?Zaderi?] to say ‘I condemn this’ – He should be telling India what can I do to help eliminate these terrorist groups. As far as Kashmir are concerned, unless they find an equitable solution which is independent of India’s interests and Pakistan’s interests, the problem is going to perpetuate. So it’s all interlinked.
There has to be a Kashmir resolution, there has to be this [ceding?] of enmity between India and Pakistan, and there has to be also a broader perspective for America. That declaring a war on terrorism is an oxymoron. War is what the people wearing uniforms and pressing buttons 35,000 above sea level causing collateral damage and they call it War On Terror, and the other side perceives it as awe and terror. Ok so it’s the perspective. Americans have to come up with a policy, hopefully President-elect Obama, who says, You know, 25% of the world’s population is Muslim. How can I use this to overturn the tables on these terrorist groups. Because these terrorist groups, the worst thing that can happen to them is Obama wins sympathy with the Muslim world by making friends with them. [End]