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A New Generation Draws the Line: Kosovo, East Timor and the Standards of the West Paperback – November 17, 2001


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; Second Printing edition (November 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859843808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859843802
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,917,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Judged in terms of the power, range, novelty, and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive.”—The New York Times

“Better than anyone else now writing, Chomsky combines indignation with insight, erudition with moral passion. That is a difficult achievement, and an encouraging one.”—In These Times

“On the one hand we have the established media, the respectable community of foreign affairs analysts, the government—and on the other, Noam Chomsky.”—Nation

“For Chomsky, the ‘official doctrine’ ... of military intervention to safeguard human rights is as much a sham as the ‘New World Order’ trumpeted during the Gulf War.”—Guardian

“A 20th-century Rousseau.”—The Boston Globe

About the Author

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of American Power and the New Mandarins, Manufacturing Consent (with Ed Herman), Deterring Democracy, Year 501, World Orders Old and New, Powers and Prospects, Profit over People, The New Military Humanism and Rogue States.

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Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. A member of the American Academy of Science, he has published widely in both linguistics and current affairs. His books include At War with Asia, Towards a New Cold War, Fateful Triangle: The U. S., Israel and the Palestinians, Necessary Illusions, Hegemony or Survival, Deterring Democracy, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy and Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chris on April 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Noam Chomsky presents an utterly devastating refutation of the justifications used to launch the Kosovo war and the idea that the people of East Timor benefited from the new moral fervor allegedly unleashed in American foreign policy.
This book has his most recent writings on the Kosovo war. He presents evidence from mainstream western news sources, Western diplomatic sources, reports of the war crimes tribunal, the U.S. government and the OSCE, and so on to show that the situation in Kosovo in the year before Nato began bommbing was hardly genocidal. Merely violence against suspected KLA collaborators and disproportionate retaliation as a result of KLA attacks and kidnapping against Serb civillians and policeman with the stated goal of provoking Serb violence to try to draw in the Western powers. He shows that Nato i.e. the United States deliberately sabotoged the pre-bombing negotiations by inserting a clause in appendix B in the peace accord they drafted at Rambouillet calling for an exclusively Nato occupation of Kosovo that would have virtual control over the rest of Yugoslavia as well. He shows that the Serb parliament in the days before the bombing denounced the withdraw of the verification monitors and passed a resolution agreeing to an international security presence in Kosovo, which like the clause in Appendix B was ignored. Once the bombing began, Serb tactics shifted to refugee expulsion and became much more violent, though vastly exagerated by Nato it seems, an absoultely predictable result of the bombings in the word of general Wesely Clark. The common response to this is that Milosevic was planning to expel the Albanians anyway, though the only evidence for this is the plan "Operation Horshoe" seemingly fabricated by the German defense ministry.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "spalding177" on March 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
(...). I had always towed the party line about the evil Serbs and their misdeeds, but have changed my tune after reading this enlightening, if disturbing book. Some may accuse Chomsky of being an apologist for Serb atrocities, but it is clear after reading this text that all sides, most notably NATO, were engaged in quite troublesome behavior that cost many thousands of lives. I heard Bill O' Reilly dismiss Chomsky as a "revisionist," and it is sadly interesting that most critics of this and similar works simply stick a "communist", "liberal", or "revisionist" label on the author without ever addressing the points made within the work. If you are looking for a wealth of facts on deceitful and imperialist American policy in Serbia/Yugoslavia and Indonesia/East Timor, I doubt if a better source could be found.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Philip Challinor on February 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Here Chomsky compares and contrasts the responses of western governments (specifically, those of Clinton's USA and Blair's Britain) to two instances of "ethnic cleansing", both of which received extensive media attention at the end of the millennium. In Kosovo, there was NATO intervention, a 78-day bombing campaign, and a much-publicised war crimes tribunal; in East Timor, at the very most, a few regretful shakes of the head and perhaps the suspicion that we are not, as yet, quite living up to our high ideals of truth, justice and liberty. Chomsky collates some of the facts underlying this apparent irony and shows that, as usual, the paradox has a rather simple solution. For example: (1) The indictment against Milosevic confines itself largely to crimes committed after the bombing began; it seems logical to assume that (a) "ethnic cleansing" in Kosovo was not a major motivation for the bombing, and (b) any crimes committed before the bombing are not a major concern of our new generation of moral crusaders. Nevertheless, on the grounds that they sanctioned and participated in "ethnic cleansing", Milosevic and his cronies have been routinely portrayed as the worst enemies of human life and moral decency since Adolf Hitler. (2) The 1999 massacre in East Timor (much advertised in advance as the inevitable consequence if a referendum concerning independence from Indonesia should go the wrong way) was the latest episode in an extremely well-documented record of slaughter dating from the Indonesian invasion of 1975. All the atrocities, including the accession to power of the Indonesian leader Suharto in 1965, with its attendant third of a million casualties, were carried out with western backing and with US armament and training.Read more ›
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on July 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Chomsky's latest book exposes recent US-British foreign policy: he focuses on these states' support for Turkish, Colombian and Indonesian atrocities, and their destruction of Yugoslavia. The spin tries to cover up their, and their agents' crimes, whose casualties are `collateral damage'; the enemy's crimes, exaggerated and fabricated, are always `genocidal'. NATO nowadays claims that it may intervene wherever it likes, whenever human rights are in peril. But this reborn, `ethical', imperialism fools few. The South Summit of 2000, of 133 nations comprising 80% of the world's peoples, declared, "We reject the so-called `right' of humanitarian intervention." Last year, Nelson Mandela accused the British and US governments of "encouraging international chaos by ignoring other nations and playing `policeman of the world'." He said that he resented their "riding roughshod over the United Nations and launching military actions against Iraq and Kosovo." Chomsky notes that in 1994 the Turkish state's repression peaked, and also in 1994 Turkey became the world's largest arms importer, 80% from the USA. In 1999, Colombia became the leading recipient of US `aid', after a decade of the worst repression in the Western hemisphere, killing over 3,500 people and displacing two million. For the last forty years, the Indonesian army has relied on the US and British states for its training, funds and supplies. They aided its bloody coup in 1965, its invasion of Timor in 1979, and its murderous assaults on East Timor in 1999. After this last crime, but only after it, the US state cancelled its cooperation with the Indonesian army, which at once withdrew from East Timor. So the US could have prevented the crime, had it wished. Chomsky denounces the illegal NATO attack on Yugoslavia.Read more ›
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