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Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower Paperback – July 1, 2002
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'This is not a book for anyone who wishes to maintain any cosy illusions about their own liberty - let alone the liberty of anyone in any country to whose domestic policy the United States government takes exception... we find in these pages, meticulously detailed and annotated, all the instances of assassination, covert and overt destabilisation, election-rigging, sponsorship of terrorism, secret surveillance, brainwashing and provocation that the US has employed to further its burgeoning corporate empire (otherwise known as the the 'new world order')... After reading Rogue State, it is impossible to hang fast to the comforting illusion that the 'American Way' is some kind of enlightenment' - Will Self in The New Statesman `Rogue State is a book of charges to be tied to a paving stone and thrown at the men in Washington' - The Independent on Sunday `William Blum, once of the US State Department, gives a chilling reminder that while there may be no justification for 11 September, there may be reasons' - Mavis Cheek in The Observer, Books of the Year 2001 "Bravo! A vivid, well-aimed critique of the evils of US global interventionism, a superb antidote to officialdom's lies and propaganda." - Michael Parenti, author of 'History as Mystery' and 'To Kill a Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia' "Blum demonstrates how US policy, under the banners of freedom and human rights, has led to barbarous criminal acts, how the world's 'force for peace' has acted in the most bellicose form. An eye-opener for students of national security policy." - Saul Landau, Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC. "'Rogue State' forcibly reminds us of Vice President Agnew's immortal line: 'The United States, for all its faults, is still the greatest nation in the country.'" - Gore Vidal, author of 'The Decline and Fall of the American Empire' "Bill Blum came by his book title easily. He simply tested America by the same standards we use to judge other countries. The result is a bill of wrongs - an especially well-documented encyclopaedia of malfeasance, mendacity and mayhem that has been hypocritically carried out in the name of democracy by those whose only true love was power." - Sam Smith, Editor, 'The Progressive Review', Washington, DC 'In his recently released tape, Osama Bin Laden referred to Rogue State that seeks to explain why the US is sometimes a target of terrorists. The mention has catapulted Mr. Blum's book up to as high as No 21 on the Amazon bestseller list and in this country the mention has had an equally dramatic effect.' - Duncan Campbell, Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
William Blum's latest book is "Freeing the World To Death: Essays on the American Empire." He lives in Washington, DC.
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The words "imperial" and "America" do not roll easily off an American tongue. "No American has any difficulty believing in the existence and driving passion for expansion, power, glory and wealth of the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, or the British Empire. It's right there in their schoolbooks. But to the American mind, to American schoolbooks, and to the American media, "The American Empire" is an oxymoron" - there's no such thing.
"A study of the many interventions detailed in the "Interventioons" chapter (the heart of the book) shows clearly that the engine of American foreign policy has typically been fueled not by a devotion to any kind of morality, nor even simple decency, but rather, by the necessity to serve other masters, which can be broken down to three imperatives: (1) the care and feeding of American corporations; (2) prevention the rise of any society that might serve as a successful example of an alternative to the capitalist model; and (3)expanding the empire: establishing political, economic, and military hegemony over as much of the globe as possible."
"The "Humanitarian bombing" of Yugoslavia in 1999, which many of the left swallowed without gagging, or the liberation of Iraq in 2003, which most on the left saw through, but most Americans did not at first, are two recent examples of the idea of United Staten "altruism", which has been a recurrent feature of America's love affair with itself. . .
Author Garry Wills has commented on this "altruism". "We believe we can literally "kill them with kindness," moving our guns forward in a seizure of demented charity. It is when America is in her most altruistic mood that other nations better get behind their bunkers."
Almost all Americans "grew up in an environment in which "we learned that thou shall not murder, rape, rob, probably not pay off a public official or cheat on your taxes - but not that there was anything wrong with toppling foreign governments, quashing revolutions, or dropping powerful bombs on foreign people, if it somehow served America's national security."
A small sampling of "radical ramblings" is presented below:
"America is today the leader of a world-wide anti-revolutionary movement in the defense of vested interests. She now stands for what Rome stood for:Rome consistently supported the rich against the poor in all foreign communities that fell under her sway; and, since the poor, so far, have always and everywhere been far more numerous than the rich, Rome's policies made for inequality, for injustice, and for the least happiness of the greatest number."
Arnold Toynbee, 1961.
"Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed, or "disappeared", at the hands of governments or armed political groups. More often than not, the United States shares the blame."
Amnesty International, 1996
"The U.S. is only menaced because it menaces others. In geopolitics as in physics, there is no action without reaction. . . . There was no 9/11 - I mean that our policies were such that we were going to have a lot of crazy people out there in the Arab world who were going to try to blow us up, because of crimes they feel we committed against them. Any fool could see it coming. And I'm sufficient a fool to have seen it.
"The world needs intelligence and leadership in order to avoid catastrophe, but America can provide neither intelligence nor leadership. America is a lost land where nuclear weapons are in the hands of those who are concerned only with their own power Washington is the enemy of the entire world and encompasses the largest concentration of evil on this planet."
Paul Craig Roberts - former Asst. Secretary of the
Treasury in the administration of President Ronald
Reagan and former Associate Editor of the Wall
"If I were president, I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently. I would first apologize - very publicly and very sincerely - to all the widows and orphans, the impoverished and tortured, and all the many millions of other victims of American imperialism. I would then announce that America's global interventions - including the awful bombings - have come to an end. And I would inform Israel that it is no longer the 51st state of the union but - oddly enough - a foreign country. I would then reduce the military budget by at least 90% and use the savings to pay reparations to the victims. There would be more than enough money. One year's military budget of 330 billion is equal to more that $18,000 an hour for every hour since Jesus Christ was born. That's what I'd do in my first three days in the White House. On the fourth day, I'de be assassinated."
William Blum - author of Rogue State.
This was the same Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned for almost 28 years because the CIA tipped off South African authorities as to where they could find him.
And this was the same George Bush who was once the head of the CIA and who for eight years was second in power of an administration whose CIA and National Security Agency collaborated closely with the South African intelligence service, providing information about Mandela's African National Congress. The ANC was a progressive nationalist movement whose influence had been felt in other African countries; accordingly it had been perceived by Washington as being part of the legendary International Communist Conspiracy. In addition to ideology, other ingredients in the cooking pot the United States and South Africa both ate from was that the latter served as an important source of uranium for the United States, and the US was South Africa's biggest supporter at the United Nations.
On August 5, 1962, Nelson Mandela had been on the run for 17 months when armed police at a roadblock outside Howick, Natal flagged down a car in which he was pretending to be the chauffeur of a white passenger in the back seat. How the police came to be there was not publicly explained. In late July 1968, however, stories appeared in three South African newspapers (picked up shortly thereafter by the London press and, in part, CBS-TV) which shed considerable light on the question. The stories told of how a CIA officer, Donald C. Rickard by name, under cover as a consular official in Durban, had tipped off the Special Branch that Mandela would be disguised as a chauffeur in a car headed for Durban. This was information Rickard had obtained through an informant in the ANC. One year later, at a farewell party for him in South Africa, at the home of the notorious CIA mercenary, Colonel "Mad Mike" Hoare, Rickard himself, his tongue perhaps loosened by spirits, stated in the hearing of some of those present that he had been due to meet Mandela on that fateful night, but tipped off the police instead. Rickard refused to discuss the affair when approached by CBS-TV.
CBS-TV newsman Allen Pizzey did interview journalist James Tomlins on the air when the story broke in 1986. Tomlins, who was in South Africa in 1962, stated that Rickard had told him of his involvement in Mandela's capture.
On June 10, 1990, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that an unidentified, retired US intelligence officer had revealed that within hours of Mandela's arrest, Paul Eckel, then a senior CIA operative, had told him: "We have turned Mandela over to the South African security branch. We gave them every detail, what he would be wearing, the time of day, just where he would be. They have picked him up. It is one of our greatest coups."
After Mandela's release, the White House was asked if Bush would apologize to the South African for the reported US involvement in his arrest at an upcoming meeting between the two men. In this situation, a categorical denial by the White House of any American involvement in the arrest would have been de rigueur. However, Spokesman Marlin Fitzwater replied: "This happened during the Kennedy administration.... don't beat me up for what the Kennedy people did."
The CIA stated: "Our policy is not to comment on such allegations." This is what the Agency says when it feels that it has nothing to gain by issuing a statement. On a number of other occasions, because it thought that it would serve their purpose, the CIA has indeed commented on all kinds of allegations.
While Mandela's youth and health ebbed slowly away behind prison walls, Donald Rickard retired to live in comfort and freedom in Pagosa Springs, Colorado."