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Ignore the absurdities and sophistries spouted by the Chomsky cultists who have come here to flood this book with one-star reviews. They are brilliant (pseudo-) "intellectuals" who know much more than common sense. Read their writings, and you will see that their talking points directly echo Chomsky's own words.

There are no straw men here. Chomsky DID support Pol Pot. He made no bones about it--during the genocide. Let's allow the man to speak for himself, shall we?

"...the evacuation of Phnom Penh, widely denounced at the time and since for its undoubted brutality, may actually have saved many lives. It is striking that the crucial facts rarely appear in the chorus of condemnations."
After the Cataclysm [South End Press, 1979]

"The victors in Cambodia undertook drastic and often brutal measures to accomplish this task, simply forcing the urban population into the countryside where they were compelled to live the lives of poor peasants, now organized in a decentralized system of communes. At heavy cost, these measures appear to have overcome the dire and destructive consequences of the U.S. war by 1978."
Ibid.

"...executions have numbered at most in the thousands; these were localized in areas of limited Khmer Rouge influence and unusual peasant discontent, where brutal revenge killings were aggravated by the threat of starvation resulting from the American destruction and killing."
Ibid.

"While all of the countries of Indochina have been subjected to endless denunciations in the West for their 'loathsome' qualities and unaccountable failure to find humane solutions to their problems, Cambodia was a particular target of abuse.
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Chomsky's talent lies in taking arguments that are as old as the hills and making them seem new. As one reviewer has already pointed out, though he might claim to be an anarchist, his thought is largely a rehash of Marxist ideas and theory. Not only is his propaganda model a thinly veiled Marxism where the economic base (corporations) create the superstructure (right-wing media, politics etc) but his view of international politics mirrors Marxist thought too. In a classical Marxist fashion he views the state as serving the interests of the bourgeoisie (read corporations) who are constantly in need of raw materials and new markets for their goods. This is the major driving force behind US foreign policy with its objective being the creation of an empire of free trade, and imperialism as a direct consequence of capitalism. This might sound new, or progressive, but in fact it is the exactly the argument put forward by V.I. Lenin in his 1916 tome Imperialism: Highest Stage of Capitalism. In other words, there is nothing original or daring about Chomsky analysis; he just puts a different spin on ideas that are in some cases, over one-hundred years old.

It should now be obvious to the reader what the implications of viewing the world in these terms are. The US, being the worlds leading capitalist state, is always ascribed the worst motivations behind its actions and anyone who is against the US is ascribed the best. For example, he claims that whilst Cuba is not a free country this isn't really Castro's fault, its lack of political freedom is a national security imperative necessitated by the sustained US pressure brought to bear upon Cuba.
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I'm sure that most of you will simply look at the rating above and immediately pass a dismissive judgment on my political beliefs and choose to not read the review. However, it is true that all political reviews are born of a political predisposition, and I am honest to enough to admit that this review is from a leftist. It is important for leftists and followers of Chomsky to not dismiss this book out of hand, to go through the evidence and judge only after you evaluate the criticisms and the factual record. On the other hand, for those of you on the right who are comfortable with the findings in this book, I urge you to consider the following:

Chapter 1 by Stephen Morris of Johns Hopkins University, called "Whitewashing Dictatorship in Communist Vietnam and Cambodia" of course attempts to make the case that Chomsky (and the far left in general), has apologized for the crimes of Communism during the United State's military involvement in Indochina during the 60's and 70's. However, I'm afraid Morris' scholarship is less than exemplary and makes incorrect assumptions about the nature of American involvement in Vietnam. Morris writes on the Communists, "the regime that controlled North Vietnam after 1954 was the political creation of the Vietnamese Communist Party [...] Its agenda was to seize total power, first by negotiation with the French, and from late 1946 on, by expelling the French from the region through armed force" (pg. 4). But what Morris presupposes here is that the Communists had no right to free themselves from French colonialism. He becomes confused on the next page while defining the ideology of the Vietnamese Communists, writing that, "North Vietnam was anything but democratic.
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