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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy Paperback – Bargain Price, April 3, 2007
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I have read so many one and two star reviews of Chomsky's works that have absolutely nothing to do with the actual book being reviewed that it begs the question of whether or not the reviewer even read the book. Here is an example of this taken from a review by Mark bennet for this book, "[Chomsky] takes almost 700 pages to say close to nothing of use." Now, for me 320 pages do not qualify as "almost 700 pages". Seems like the kind of mistake made by someone unfamiliar with the actual work.
Another reads, "Chomsky and his ilk lick at the midsection of any machete wielding psycho with sufficient anti-American credentials." Wow, a very scathing dissection of the themes and conclusions of Chomsky's works from this reviewer. How could Chomsky write again after being discredited to this extent?
I could go and write reviews for books I have not read by Ann Coulter's or Sean Hannity's books that would even be more cogent than this slander, but I don't because that is intellectually dishonest. If I am going to review a book I will make sure to read it first. It's only common courtesy that every book reviewed should be read first, and I hope this practice becomes more common.
I apologize if I have simply wasted space here. Now for some brief thoughts of my own about this book.
I was skeptical coming into this book, but found the themes to be enlightening if not a little disconcerting.Read more ›
Among the points that earned a note on my flyleaf:
* US began with the genocide of the Indians, moved on to slavery, and now condones genocide across Africa and elsewhere.
* Quotes CIA Bin Laden analyst with appreciation in noting that all the US has to do to stop the problems in the Middle East is wean itself from dictators and cheap oil, remove its forces from the Muslim lands, and stop predatory capitalism. Hmmmm. There just might be a moral point in there someplace!
* Chomsky asserts that history documents that preventive wars usually bring about the outcomes they ostensibly seek to stop, and does very very well in detailing how the US invasion allowed hundreds of missile and weapons sites to be looted, moving many of the components of weapons of mass destruction into unfriendly insurgent hands--precisely what we allegedly sought to prevent.
* The author recounts the varied facts that have emerged on how the US specifically sought regime change, the British (at least those with integrity like the Foreign Minister who quit) refused to go along with that, so Blair and Bush together concocted pretexts.
* Chomsky confirms in this book what I have seen myself, which is that the only part of the US Government that is "at war" is the U.S. Army and select portions of the U.S.Read more ›
If you are like me you will find Chomsky's message difficult to accept emotionally, but impossible to deny intellectually.
He looks at `the increasing threat of destruction caused by US state power', when it opposes a Palestinian state, supports Israel's illegal occupation and settlements, illegally attacks Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq, and threatens Iran and the DPRK.
The US state asserts that it alone has the right to attack whoever it wants. In response, the UN High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change concluded in 2004, "the risk to the global order and the norm of nonintervention on which it continues to be based is simply too great for the legality of unilateral preventive action, as distinct from collectively endorsed action, to be accepted."
The US state also insists that it alone has the right to develop nuclear weapons. So in November 2004, it cast the sole vote against the proposed Fission Material Cutoff Treaty. 147 states voted for it and two abstained, Israel and Britain. Blair's representative ludicrously claimed that the resolution "divided the international community at a time when progress should be a prime objective."
Chomsky quotes some surprising people who recognise that other nations have the right to develop nuclear power and nuclear deterrents. Henry Kissinger, when his friend the Shah was misruling Iran, said, the "introduction of nuclear power will both provide for the growing needs of Iran's economy and free remaining oil reserves for export or conversion to petrochemicals.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Noam Chomsky is CIA's favorite fake lefty.
He is in fact an agent of the right wing.
Why are so many fooled by him? Read more
This is not a review of the book.... This is about the "audio/ cd" version. The narrator will give you high blood pressure. I cannot listen to him. Read morePublished 6 months ago by tapirsniff
I disagree with the vast majority of Noam's points of view. However I think this is an excellent book for any non-liberal to read as it provides insights into a mode of thinking... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shannon
A must read for anyone looking for even a crumb of truth in the ocean of lies spewed forth by the American MSM propaganda machine!Published 9 months ago by Craig Skinner
Given as gift. My husband thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.Published 13 months ago by Barbara Johnson
I;ve read "Rogue States" in college, this was my first Chomsky book, since I was curious as to what all the hoopla was about. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ludwig von Mises, Jr.