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on 11 December 2001
A brief, but well-focussed application of some of the principles applied by Chomsky in a huge variety of contexts - e.g. (i) that we in powerful, relatively free societies should look more closely at what is done in our names and with our money by the states that claim to represent us, (ii) that we should apply the same standards to ourselves as we apply to others, (iii) that because states are not moral agents, and what they do often differs significantly from what we are told they do, we have to look at the facts rather than simply accept what we are told, etc.
One basic point to emerges is that to accuse those who question what the US, UK and their clients are now doing, or who seek to raise broader issues, of condoning terrorism is not only fundamentally illogical and amoral, but also profoundly dangerous in the longer term.
The book is a collection of edited transcripts of interviews conducted with Chomsky in September and October of this year. Although brief, it is a very useful starting point for any serious consideration of September 11 and its consequences.