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Brilliant and appalling,
This review is from: Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire (Paperback)
This is a shattering, first hand investigation of some of the greatest injustices still being perpetrated in today's world. The fact that most of them are given little or no mainstream media coverage is a damning indictment of the type of selective reporting we have in this country. I wonder how many people have ever even heard of the Chagos islands, let alone are aware of one of the most outrageous and criminal acts of territorial theft to take place in the second half of the twentieth century. This crime, originally committed by Wilson on behalf of Britain's US masters, has been covered up and ignored by every succesive British government, up to and including Blair's. It is fascinating and appalling reading. And how many people believe that now apartheid has officially finished in South Africa, everything in that country is fine, and everyone is benefiting from 'democracy' and 'the free market'? When we are sickened by acts of terror perpetrated by Palestinians, how many of us feel the same sense of bitter outrage when dozens of innocent Palestinian schoolchildren are slaughtered by random missile attacks by US supplied Israeli F-16 aircraft? The answer is probably not very many, as these things get very little coverage. And when they are reported, it's done in a sanitised, watered down way.
Anyone familiar with the work of Noam Chomsky will find Pilger's book complements his writings, but whereas Chomsky is academic and heavily ironic, Pilger is an investigative journalist who really shows you firsthand the reality of situations. It is a very powerful piece of work, but sadly, those who should read it probably won't, and will continue to live in blissful ignorance.
I'm sorry I have only given it four stars, and not five. I'm a very tight reviewer, and for me 5 stars is the sort of holy grail of writing; it can't be improved on. Someone may come up with a more important and powerful piece of investigative journalism than 'Freedom next time' one day, but it will be damned hard to do so.