The Politics Of Genocide

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In this impressive book, Edward S. Herman and David Peterson examine the uses and abuses of the word “genocide.” They argue persuasively that the label is highly politicized and that in the United States it is used by the government, journalists, and academics to brand as evil those nations and political movements that in one way or another interfere with the imperial interests of U.S. capitalism. Thus the word “genocide” is seldom applied when the perpetrators are U.S. allies (or even the United States itself), while it is used almost indiscriminately when murders are committed or are alleged to have been committed by enemies of the United States and U.S. business interests. One set of rules applies to cases such as U.S. aggression in Vietnam, Israeli oppression of Palestinians, Indonesian slaughter of so-called communists and the people of East Timor, U.S. bombings in Serbia and Kosovo, the U.S. war of “liberation” in Iraq, and mass murders committed by U.S. allies in Rwanda and the Republic of Congo. Another set applies to cases such as Serbian aggression in Kosovo and Bosnia, killings carried out by U.S. enemies in Rwanda and Darfur, Saddam Hussein, any and all actions by Iran, and a host of others.

With its careful and voluminous documentation, close reading of the U.S. media and political and scholarly writing on the subject, and clear and incisive charts, The Politics of Genocide is both a damning condemnation and stunning exposé of a deeply rooted and effective system of propaganda aimed at deceiving the population while promoting the expansion of a cruel and heartless imperial system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583672136
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward S. Herman is professor emeritus of finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has written extensively on economics, political economy, and the media. Among his books are Corporate Control, Corporate Power; The Real Terror Network; The Political Economy of Human Rights (with Noam Chomsky); and Manufacturing Consent (with Noam Chomsky).

David Peterson is an independent journalist and researcher based in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Introduction Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 13

CONSTRUCTIVE GENOCIDES Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 29

1. The Iraq Sanctions-Regime Killings Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 29

2. The Iraq Invasion-Occupation Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 33

NEFARIOUS GENOCIDES Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 39

1. The Darfur Wars and Killings Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 39

2. Bosnia and Herzegovina Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 46

3. Kosovo Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 49

4. Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 51

SOME BENIGN BLOODBATHS Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 69

1. Israel: Sabra and Shatila Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 69

2. Israel: The Gaza Invasion of December 2008 January 2009 Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 73

3. Croatia's Operation Storm Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 81

4. Dasht-e-Leili (Afghanistan) Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 84

5. Turkey's Kurds vs. Iraq's Kurds Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 87

6. Indonesia and East Timor Liqui?n Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 89

7. El Salvador and Guatemala Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 91

MYTHICAL BLOODBATHS Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 95

Racak Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 95

Concluding Note Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 103

Notes Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 113

Index Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 151

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