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Middle East Illusions also includes the full text of Chomsky's earlier book Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood, written during the crucial period spanning the Six-Day and 1973 wars, events that continue to define and deeply influence the world today. Middle East Illusions therefore presents in-depth analysis covering several decades, making this book one of the richest of any analysis published about the region's geopolitics. Noam Chomsky is recognized internationally for his critical analysis of the Middle East. His thoroughly documented research draws on an immense range of sources, including Hebrew texts rarely discussed in the United States, declassified government planning documents, and other sources all too often overlooked in discussions of the U.S. role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
|Pt. I||Peace in the Middle East? The 1967 War and the 1970s|
|1||Nationalism and Conflict in Palestine||39|
|2||A Radical Perspective||73|
|3||Reflections on a National Conflict||83|
|4||The Fourth Round||113|
|5||The Peace Movement and the Middle East||123|
|Pt. II||The Intifada, Israel, and the United States at the Turn of the Millennium|
|6||The "Peace Process" in U.S. Global Strategy||159|
|7||Prospects for Peace in the Middle East||199|
|9||United States - Israel - Palestine||227|
|Pt. III||After 9/11: The "War on Terror" Redeclared|
|10||A Changed World? Terrorism Reconsidered||235|
|About the Author||301|
Posted September 16, 2004
Part 1 is a reprint of Chomsky¿s 1974 book, Peace in the Middle East? examining the 1967 war and its results. Part 2 looks at the same themes of Israel, Palestine and the US role, from the perspective of 2002. Part 3 studies the world after 9/11 and the `war on terror¿. Israel, like most US dependencies, has huge inequality, great and growing poverty, high and rising unemployment, falling wages and worsening working conditions. It constantly expands its illegal settlements in the occupied territories, cuts the Palestinians¿ water quotas, and imprisons Palestinians in areas sealed by a net of bypass roads meant for Jews only. Israel organises torture, terror, the destruction of tens of thousands of homes, and detentions without trial. Under Israeli occupation, Palestine¿s unemployment has doubled, investment has halved, income is down 20%, and GNP is down 40%. When the Security Council reaffirmed that the 4th Geneva Convention applies to occupied territories, Clinton abstained. In mid-September 2000, the US shipped attack helicopters to Israel, and US Marines conducted joint exercises with elite units of the Israeli Defence Force. On 29 September, Sharon made his infamous, government-authorised visit to the Temple Mount, with a thousand armed guards. On 3 October, Israel signed its biggest arms deal for a decade, buying 35 Blackhawk military helicopters from the USA. In February 2001, Israel bought nine Apache attack helicopters. Curiously, this huge backing for Israel went virtually unreported. In December 2001, the USA vetoed a Security Council Resolution calling for international monitors to oversee a reduction in violence. The USA has consistently rejected a Palestinian state: as elsewhere, nationalism is its enemy. The USA is repeating the British Empire¿s Middle Eastern failures. Dean Acheson said that Britain `may act as our lieutenant (the fashionable word is partner)¿. Britain is still the lieutenant in Iraq; Israel is now the lieutenant in Palestine, bleeding from its doomed struggle to kill off Palestinian sovereignty. In its Middle East colonies and dependencies, the British Empire created an `Arab façade¿ to have `the outward semblance of sovereignty¿. Now the USA does the same in Iraq.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2003
Mary McCarthy once wrote of Lillian Hellman that everything she writes is a lie, including the 'ands' and ' the buts'. Chomsky hates Israel. He has never written one good word about the Middle East's only remaining democracy.( Once upon a time there was Lebanon before the Syrians and the Palestinians did it in). Chomsky is that typical example of an intellectual so enamored of his own abstractions and ideas, that facts will never deter him. His defense of terrorists, suicide bombers, and those in general who would kill civilians for whatever political purpose is immoral, whether in referring to the Middle East Conflict or not. This man has spent a career cheerleading for evil. Thanks to the tolerance and generosity of the United States which he loathes he can go around campus to campus spouting his vile bigotry. He would have done better had he simply stuck to linguistics , and left reality to those who have a sense of right and wrong.
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