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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press; First Printing edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567511767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567511765
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Scarcely had the dust settled on NATO's 1999 bombing of Serbia when prolific political commentator Noam Chomsky brought out The New Military Humanism, which raises incisive, unsettling questions about the motives of the United States and England--the two most vocal proponents of Operation Allied Forces--and the efficacy of their handiwork. Chomsky pulls together much damning evidence, including testimony from the military commander who led the attack, to demonstrate that the assault was not intended to bring an end to Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic's "ethnic cleansing" of the disputed territory in Kosovo; it seems very likely, in fact, that President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair knew full well that their actions would ultimately exacerbate the situation. Chomsky also points out that if the United States was genuinely concerned with ending the horrors of genocide, its continued financial and military support of repressive regimes in countries like Turkey and Indonesia is at the very least extremely puzzling. (The New Military Humanism was written and published before the international community decided in September 1999 to intervene in East Timor, which had been subject to Indonesian occupation for over 20 years.) Ultimately, Chomsky suggests, such contradictions exist because what the United States claims to be a "humanitarian" mission is--no matter how glowingly the mass media portrays it--nothing more than American muscle flexing. "The contempt of the world's leading power for the framework of world order," he concludes, "has become so extreme that there is little left to discuss." --Ron Hogan

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The essays in The Politics of Human Rights are reprinted from the third issue of the irregular serial Belgrade Circle Journal (ISSN 0354-635X). The Belgrade Circle is a nongovernmental organization founded in 1992 that, according to its web site, promotes "a free, open, pluralist, democratic, and rational civil society" and looks forward to a new Europe rather than back to old Serbia. A better title for the collection would have been "The Political Theory of Human Rights" as the contributors advocate a legal framework as the best protection for human rights, basing their arguments on the early Western European political philosophers of those rights. Three of the essays are analyses of human rights texts; only the last two, written by the volume editor, consider contemporary Yugoslavia. The publication of such essays in Belgrade may be a subversive activity, but they will hardly seem radical to American readers. Furthermore, the photo of Slobodan Milosevic on the cover misleads the reader to expect the contents to focus on Serbia, which is barely mentioned. Chomsky (MIT), a longtime critic of U.S. foreign policy, contributed one essay to the preceding book as well as writing his own book during the spring 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia. He compares the rhetoric of the U.S. government justifying this intervention to its rhetoric and actions in other parts of the world both recently (the Kurds) and in past decades (several incursions into Central America). In all cases, he depicts the United States as a rogue superpower intent on enforcing its wishes everywhere while flouting international legal conventions and undermining world order in the process. Intense anger and strong passion drip from every page, but the haste of composition has led to numerous nonsense statements, such as "If we had records, we might find that Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun professed humanitarian motives." His arguments would be better served by a thorough revision. Neither volume can be recommended.AMarcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York
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Initiative is not to be found amoung Balkaners themselves,since they were at best instruments of foreign strategies.
Skender Kreshniku
.He cleared the thing at once,and his vision must be admired...because we are witnessing that NATO leaders are in a process of confessing..
Marc Bradley
Even some s.c.'humanitarian' and 'monitoring' organisations were expositures to NATO,and this is extremely disturbing.
Norbert Mikulchnik

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
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I'll begin by disclosing a personal interest: Prof. Chomsky and I have the same publisher, and I had the honor of voicing the book-on-tape version of this book. But facts are facts, verifiable whatever the source, and the information presented here is well-researched, largely unpublicized, and deeply disturbing.
The mass media's consistent parroting of NATO's shifting versions of the causes and purposes of the war, and their Orwellian convenient forgetting of their own earlier reports as need be, are chronicled in detail. The Balkan war is placed in the context of ongoing US, UK, and NATO policies in other parts of the world (Turkey, for example) to devastating effect. And the final chapters, detailing the reasons for the ongoing expansion of military force and flouting of international law -- and how current NATO policies are actually making the world a more dangerous place -- left me chilled while doing the reading.
This is terrific, important work. I was honored to be associated with it, and I recommend it in the strongest terms.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1999
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Unarguable facts are detailed in this work which "wouldn't do to mention" in polite company. The bombing in the FRY "was not undertaken in 'response' to ethnic cleansing and to 'reverse' it, as alleged by leaders." Most importantly, the question of whether the New Humanism is "guided by power interst, or by humanitarian concern" is answered. Those who believe in the doctrine of "intentional ignorance" as the reviewer before me will dismiss the information presented in this book like any commissar. If you want to understand what happened in Kosovo as well as the current ethnic cleansing within and supported by NATO (Turkey), read this book. As all of Chomsky's book, very well written and incredibly informative.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Skender Kreshniku on March 26, 2000
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Much has been said about that missunderstood part of the world-Balkan,and since late 19/early 20 century,Balkan has been synonimous with something ugly,crude,barbaric and desperately backward.Such fixed stereotypes had left such an "exotic" impression on everybody involved in policy making in this area that this lead to nothing else,but history of troubles,divisions and hatred-although Balkaners themselves had very highly developed sence for coexistence.With such "predispositions",horrible thing happened that claimed thousends of lives-so it is no wonder that nothing will improve without corect diagnosis of real causes,those who operate behind the scene.Initiative is not to be found amoung Balkaners themselves,since they were at best instruments of foreign strategies.Yes,Balkan is "powder-cage",but sparks are from outside.This is brought to light in this wonderfull and unbiased,objective and truthfull work by dr.Chomsky,that incorporates minimum, but crucial aspects of developments that had such tragedy as results.This is done with distinction that is caracteristic of Chomsky,but most important is approach that is instrumental,rather than narative,for only than word becomes deed- a good one!Hence such interest in social issues by linguist-because language is primary tool of action.Therefore,social issues cannot be viewed separately from mutual interdependence with linguistic.I can hardly imagine anybody left unimpressed by authors elaboration of western interest in keeping western Balkan under their umbrella,how do they invented "KLA"-collection of criminal elements from western narco-mafia circles,and fiasco of N.A.T.O.Read more ›
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brad McBride on March 10, 2000
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I read this book after a friend who is originally from Montenagro recommended it. I was amazed at this book. Chomsky can be a bit one sided at times, but his analysis of what the US and England were really trying to accomplish in this war are strikingly accurate. This book is probably the best I've ever read on this subject. If you are wanting to more fully understand the situation in Kosovo and are not afraid to be challenged, then you should read this book.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Norbert Mikulchnik on March 20, 2000
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The NATO's intervention in FR of Yugoslavia was event that represented paradigm for entire opus of Noam Chomsky.Never before all elements of unjust and unmoral war were present in such exergated degree. Victim was proclaimed Guilty.Terrorist were given aura of 'fighters for liberty'.Rules of warfare were broken.Even some s.c.'humanitarian' and 'monitoring' organisations were expositures to NATO,and this is extremely disturbing.Illusion industry produced impression that were intendend to serve as exuse for agression.
One could imagine that paralel with development of warfare technology and methods,there is straightproportional development in propaganda methods.NATO's reign of terror in the Balkans was indeed one episode of history that showed bestiality of entire 'pragmatic approach' called 'benevolent interventionism' and those who think that perhaps policy-makers of NATO pact learned something from their own propaganda mistakes,are witnesses that these days history repeats itself with even lesser atempts to hide real motives.
This book is obligatory for all those who wish to immunise themselves from repertoire of NWO's brainwashing methods,that stream from few secluded power circles who are in desperate need of apolitical public,both home and abroad. Nothing lesser than lucid and thorough, apocaliptical essay is within content of this book.A truly remarkable,brave and unique oposition to absurdity exemplified trough situation that was extremely representative of NATO's first steps into pattern of behavior that does not deserves lesser epithet other than Global Terrorism.
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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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