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The Real Terror Network: Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda Paperback – July 1, 1999
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of books, the kind that would be one of 10 - 20 I would have out at any one time while trying to
discover and better understand the world in which we live. Now it is November 28, 2001 and
America has been victim to one of the largest terrorist attacks in history. I decided to look again into
some of the writings on the war on terrorism which actually began long before 9/11/2001.
The Real Terror network is a chilling book. Ed Herman is an expert on terrorism if ever there was
one. Problem is he is not judgmental in his use of the term, as the media then and today tend to
be, so he is brushed aside from the mainstream (certainly have not seen him interviewed on TV
during our newest crisis!). Early on in the book he describes terrorism as the use of violence to
achieve political goals. With this as his starting point, he goes on to examine various activities of
what he calls retail terrorists (ie. small Soviet sponsored, the PLO, Libya etc) vs wholesale
terrorism (ie state terrorism).
Herman's basic premise is that the terrorism carried out with US support in South Africa, Angola,
Cuba, and by Israel far outweigh that carried out by the folks actually branded as terrorists, the
ones we are in the process of "smoking out" today. He goes on to provide a wealth of examples
of US support for terrorism which is documented in a very scholarly way. There is also a very
effective chapter examining the role of the media in defining who we generally think of as
terrorists, by downplaying or completely ignoring our own actions while repeatedly running
stories on enemy terrorism.Read more ›
When I see this kind of well researched content in the New York Times or the Economist, I'll believe we are on the right track!
By accident, I read the "Marcos Dynasty" after this. Enough said!
Today the Bush Crime Family still remains at the helm of what Daddy Bush called "a new world order" in 1989. Never before has American liberty been so threatened as it is now in 2006 by the Bush-n-Blair Crime Alliance. There are dangerous parallels between the United States and Nazi Germany in the way power and rights are systematically being taken away. The United States is sliding fast down the slippery slope to Nazi Germany.Read more ›