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Excellent, informative collection of articles
This is a collection of the monthly columns that Noam Chomsky wrote for the New York Times Syndicate from April 2007 to October 2011. It comprises 52 articles, mostly commenting on the USA’s foreign policies as applied to Korea, Mexico, Palestine, Iran, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, China, Georgia, Latin America and Libya; and there are ten on the US economy.
He notes that Israeli military thinker Martin Van Creveld said, after the USA invaded Iraq, “had the Iranians not tried to build nuclear weapons, they would be crazy.”
Chomsky observed that a Declaration of Principles issued by President Bush in November 2007 committed Iraq to facilitate and encourage ‘the flow of foreign investments to Iraq, especially American investments.” In January 2008 Bush issued a ‘signing statement’ that he would reject any congressional legislation that restricted funding ‘to exercise United States control of the oil resources of Iraq’. These admit that the USA invaded Iraq to control its oil.
Chomsky reports that White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, when asked whether the American people should have had ‘input’ into the decision to attack Iraq, said, “You had your input. The American people have input every four years, and that’s the way our system works.” Chomsky responds, “That’s correct. Every four years the American people can choose between candidates whose views they reject, and then they should shut up.”
Chomsky warns that the repeated threats to attack Iran, using the standard phrase ‘we’re keeping all options open’, violate the UN Charter.
As in all his books on politics, Chomsky exposes the lies and double standards used by the US ruling class. This latest book is an extremely useful collection, bringing his commentary right up-to-date.
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Posted March 4, 2013
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