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Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World Paperback – April 1, 2003
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Focusing on the Israel-Palestine dispute (but with forays as far abroad as Hiroshima, Guatemala, Afghanistan, and--most relevantly for today--Iraq), Chomsky proves over and over again that the US version of terrorism is completely one sided. After all, he argues, it is the US that has killed more civilians in more attempts to influence enemies through terror than any other country.
Chomsky gives short shrift to those who argue endlessly over the legal meaning of various UN Resolutions to determine what the legalities are of various conflicts. Applying his philosophical theories to politics, Chomsky says that words mean exactly what those with the power to act say they mean, nothing more and nothing less.
Chomsky's bottom line is that if the US really wants to combat terrorism, the first thing we ought to do is stop practicing it, and stop supporting others who do so.
Chomsky certainly has a point of view that one hears all too infrequently in this country. My main criticism is that the book repeats the same examples several times in different chapters to make the same point. This results from the fact that the book is actually a loosely connected series of essays and talks, not originally wirtten at the same time, let alone with a book in mind.
This book really helps put the Arab-Israeli conflict into a proper political context. Remember this is not necessarily a history book per se, but a record of terrorism committed by ISRAEL and the UNITED STATES and how their terrorism far outweighs Palestinian terrorism. Conventional wisdom would have you believe the opposite and Chomsky provides the reasons why.
word "terrorism." Chomsky brilliantly illustrates that by the internationally accepted definition of the word terrorism, the Western powers are guilty of state sponsored terrorism by their support of attrocities against Third World peoples such as the
Palestinains, Kurds, East Timorese, and others.
The convenient countries that are targeted for sanctions against terrorism are Iraq, Iran, Syria, Cuba, and North Korea. Chomsky argues that should a leader who supports
Western expansionism and domination such as the Shah of Iran or Ferdinand Marcos of the Phillipines
arise, the countries will be termed "friendly" and "moderate" like the Gulf potentates and Indonesia.
I thorougly enjoyed reading this book and others by the same author. Chomsky consistently points out the mistakes and fallacies of policy makers through his superb
mastery of polemics and prose. His style is entertaining and never loses my interest. I suggest any prospective student in international relations be required to read this text by
one of America's leading dissident voices, particularly in this time of "war on terror," which has been advocated and advanced by the Bush Administration.
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This book should be translated in all the languages of the world and should be part of the curriculum in all schools. Read more
It is well written. logic explanations and excellent analysis.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This adds stridency to the anti-Israel bias of Jimmy Carter, albeit with a much more complete history of events and better logical analysis. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gderf
This is NC describing hundreds of occasions of violence and atrocities taking his usual position of viewing violence from what may be viewed as a neutral perspective – so that... Read morePublished 13 months ago by William S Jamison
As always Professor Chomsky delivers salient and detailed information on his subjects and eloquently ties all of
this in with today's issues. Read more
This is a new edition of one of Professor Chamosky's success. Excelent book.Published 18 months ago by Nabupolasar Alves Feitosa
The original edition of this book is from 1986 with updates in 2002. As will be understood, being a current book, many of the issues are anachronistic, so that should be seen from... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Eric Mascarin Perigault
I was very surprised to see that some people (few as they were) bashing Chomsky for Pirates and Emperors. Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by Fuzzbuzz
I recently came across a 1986 ed. of this book by way of a co-worker. Essentially this loose collection of essays is a bloated attempt at proving that government controlled... Read morePublished on March 28, 2009 by David R. Silverstone