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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: SEVEN STORIES PRESS; Upd Exp An edition (8 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609803434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609803438
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By M. Hajmohammed on 25 Feb. 2015
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Petter Skagen on 27 May 2013
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Chomsky is brilliant in many ways. This book seems to have been written in a rush - it felt as if I had read it before -- somewhere else. I note that Chomsky ignores the important question that various truth seeking organizations and families of the victims still ask: why will the government not provide real, scientifically sound answers to the many questions that remain hanging in the air? The main stream media will not ask these questions, but Chomsky?
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A book by an invaluable man 20 Oct. 2011
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This book is basically a reprint of Chomsky's "9-11" with a chapter added at the beginning written after the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. Contrary to the ravings of far right demagogues like David Horowitz or a buffoon like Christopher Hitchens, Chomsky does not argue that the US deserved to get attacked on 9-11 or that Osama Bin Laden was a freedom fighter. He quite appropriately labeled 9-11 a horrendous act and a springboard for the infliction of more misery against the Palestinians and other peoples that OBL claimed to fight for.

Chomsky notes that the United States played a vital role in the creation of the jihadi network. In the 1980's in Afghanistan, the US and other countries joined with the Islamist dictatorships of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to organize, train and arm the most fanatic Islamic extremists--many of them not native to Afghanistan--in order to fight the Soviets. As Chomsky observes, the first visible demonstration of blowback from this policy occurred when jihadis assassinated President Sadat of Egypt in 1981. Since the end of the Soviet occupation, the jihadi veterans of the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan have spread out across the world and committed grizzly atrocities. After the Communist regime fell in Afghanistan in 1992, Chomsky observes, quoting a Human Rights Watch official, Afghanistan descended into the worst period in its history. The fundamentalist warlords backed by the US in the 80's took to pillaging, raping and murdering with such intensity in the period 1992-96 that many Afghans welcomed the Taliban's takeover. These fundamentalist warlords, of course, are now back in power in Afghanistan.

Chomsky notes that Bin Laden and other jihadis have explained their motives clearly. They want to overthrow the corrupt and brutal dictatorships (e.g. Saudi Arabia) that the US and other western countries prop up and install in their places their vision of a pure Islamic state. They want the US military out of the Middle East and they opposed murderous US sanctions on Iraq--which strengthened Saddam--and the provision of weapons to Israel so it can butcher Palestinians. The charges against US imperialism made by the jihadis are also widely believed by ordinary Arabs. The same feelings exist among wealthy and secular Middle Eastern Muslims. Chomsky quotes a Wall Street Journal survey days after 911 which showed widespread resentment against the US among wealthy Muslims. These Muslims are westernized and don't hate the US because of our freedom but resent the US support for regressive dictatorships and other reasons.

Chomsky, of course, believes that the US is the leading terrorist state in the world. In this book, he goes through his familiar litany of US crimes, for example in Latin America in the 1980's, including the terrorist war against Nicaragua. Chomsky observes that Michael Kinsley and Time Magazine both wrote sympathetically of the terrorist methods of the Contras. Chomsky notes that when a US backed coup installed the Suharto dictatorship in Indonesia in 1965 and the Indonesian military proceeded to slaughter hundreds of thousands of peasants, the US media was elated. The Suharto regime, of course, beginning in 1975, engaged in a genocidal occupation of East Timor, with plenty of weapons from the US, Britain and other nations until Clinton ordered the Indonesian generals to cease the occupation in September 1999.

Chomsky also compares 9-11 to Clinton's bombing of the Al Shifa pharmaceutical plant in the Sudan in 1998. The bombing destroyed the source of the majority of pharmaceutical and veterinary supplies in the country. The bombing probably led to the death of tens of thousands of people, including from easily treatable diseases like malaria and TB, which supplies from Al Shifa had been used to combat. He quotes sources like Johanthan Belke of the Near East Foundation (writing in the Boston Globe), the former German ambassador to the Sudan and an article by James Astill in the London Guardian to prove his argument.

Chomsky argues that 9-11 should have been treated as an international law enforcement matter and not used as a basis for war. The US should have tested the Taliban's offer to turn over Bin Laden in return for the presentation of evidence of his guilt. They should have avoided embarking on a path of war-making that would cause great suffering and strengthen Islamic terrorists. Chomsky says that the British solved the problem of IRA terrorism not by carpet bombing Northern Ireland or Boston--the latter city a significant source of funding for the IRA. Instead, the British made an effort to address the grievances that the IRA used to fuel its terror. But the US is not really interested in fighting terrorism, according to Chomsky. It is interested in using events like 911 as a cover for policies to increase its world domination and empower its domestic elite.
The first essay in this book was written shortly after Bin Laden's assassination. Chomsky quotes Anatol Lieven , a Wikileaks cable from the US ambassador to Pakistan and New York Times reporter Jane Perlez about the extremely fragile state of Pakistan. This fragile state has been greatly exacerbated by US policies in the country, including the Bin Laden assassination and Obama's murderous drone war that has killed many Pakistani civilians. The Pakistani military is extremely resentful of US violations of the country's sovereignty, including the Bin Laden assassination, and a military coup is not completely unlikely. Also the country has a relatively large nuclear weapons program and if the country descends into chaos, fissible material will likely fall into the hands of jihadis.

Chomsky also mentions that the United States harbors terrorists (apart from US government officials involved in terrorism). It harbored Orlando Bosch before he died around the time of Bin Laden's assassination, and still harbors the Haitian death squad leader Emmanuel Constant despite Haiti's call for his extradition. It also refuses to extradite the former CEO of Union Carbide, responsible for the Bhopal gas explosion that killed thousands in India in the 1980's.
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Prescient critcism of US policy post 9-11 17 Sept. 2011
By S.R. Hadden - Published on Amazon.com
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In this trenchant analysis of 9-11's immediate aftermath, Noam Chomsky brings to bear encyclopedic knowledge of recent American history and cutting political insight, in criticizing the US government's immediate response to 9-11, which was, he argues, largely facilitated by news and media outlets which, in their apparent patriotic fervor, failed in their duty to subject the Bush administration's ostensible justifications for its response to 9-11 to even the most cursory analysis. The result, he argues, will be (and as we have seen, was indeed) a moral catastrophe for both the US and its victims abroad.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Still relevant after 10+ years 26 April 2012
By Christopher M. Whitman Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is of interview given by Chomsky after 9/11 about various aspects. He had a great opportunity after 9/11 to make an impact on the discourse and he did. Since Chomsky is a very fast researcher and writer, he was really able to get an alternative narrative out as soon as possible. He discusses the discourse of 9/11 and its impact on the world and the US. It is a short worthwhile book to pick up. If you like Chomsky, pick it up, rather straight forward.
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So important I read it twice! 30 Oct. 2014
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Still very timely. I wish I had read it after 9/11 - it would have better informed my opinions. Chomsky raises uncomfortable and disturbing questions as they relate to all countries, including our own: When is someone a tyrant and when are they a freedom fighter? When is a nation a terrorist state and when is it promoting freedom and democracy? The answer is not so clear. The new intro written after the capture of bin Laden was very informative. Sometimes the interview format of the rest of the book prevented a fuller clarification of important history and issues; however, the questions raised served as good motivation for me to read and learn more. The message of the book is thought-provoking and controversial: the way to achieve lasting peace is through the law and judicial systems of the world, not the military systems.
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I love him and all his work - whether on theoretical ... 22 Dec. 2014
By Dr. Kola Olagboyega - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a Chomskian. I love him and all his work - whether on theoretical linguistics or on politics. I now have twenty different books of his and I still can't have enough of them. Long live Noam Chomsky. I wish him a very long and healthy life. May God bless you.
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