Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs

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In his newest book, Chomsky holds the world's superpowers to their own standards of the rule of law—and finds them appallingly lacking.

Described in a 1998 profile in the New York Times as "an exploder of received truths," Noam Chomsky is the world's most informed, controversial, and articulate opponent of political hypocrisy and abuse of power.

Rogue States is the latest result of his tireless efforts to measure the world's superpowers by ...

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Overview

In his newest book, Chomsky holds the world's superpowers to their own standards of the rule of law—and finds them appallingly lacking.

Described in a 1998 profile in the New York Times as "an exploder of received truths," Noam Chomsky is the world's most informed, controversial, and articulate opponent of political hypocrisy and abuse of power.

Rogue States is the latest result of his tireless efforts to measure the world's superpowers by their own professed standards and to hold them responsible for the indefensible actions they commit in the name of democracy and human rights.

The United States and its allies come in for particular scrutiny for their numerous recent violations of the very international laws they claim to uphold, making them the real "rogue states" in the world today.

In analyzing the recent war in the Balkans, Chomsky challenges the legal and humanitarian arguments in favor of NATO's aggression, instead calling attention to the West's failure to support democratic movements in the region.

Chomsky also turns his penetrating gaze toward U.S. involvement in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Central America, relying on both historical context and recently released government documents to trace the paths of self-interest and domination that fueled these violent regional conflicts.

Throughout, Chomsky reveals the United States' increasingly open dismissal of the United Nations and international legal precedent in justifying its motives and actions. As his analysis of U.S. statecraft reveals, the rule of law has been reduced to a mere nuisance. Characteristically incisive, provocative, and rousing, Chomsky leaves no bombshell unexploded in his evaluation of the West's shameless reliance on the rule of force today.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
World-famous MIT linguist Chomsky has long kept up a second career as a cogent voice of the hard left, excoriating American imperialism, critiquing blinkered journalists and attacking global economic injustice. Chomsky's new work, a collection of linked essays, comes in the wake of the Kosovo bombings and the recent riots in East Timor. Its sardonic title recalls the argument that America ought to defend the world against "rogue states" like Iraq and Libya. Chomsky contends that the U.S. (and, sometimes, its allies) has itself behaved as the biggest rogue state, ignoring international law and norms and acting only in the richest Americans' interests. Chapters cover the former Yugoslavia, East Timor, Cuba, and (a particularly powerful one) Third World debt. Chomsky includes accounts of havoc that , he charges, the U.S. has wreaked (or helped wreak) in poor countries, from overturned elections to mass slaughter--from Guatemala in the 1950s to Sudan, Cuba, Mexico and Laos today. "Contempt for the rule of law," Chomsky contends, "is deeply rooted in U.S. practice and intellectual culture." Chomsky's research can bring home disturbing issues that the mainstream media miss (for example, that the Pentagon refuses to give up data that would make it easier to clear dangerous landmines from old wars around the world). In other places, Chomsky can seem shrill, quick to judge or obsessed with irrelevant details: he spends a paragraph attacking Clinton's secretary of defense for quoting Theodore Roosevelt ("this famous racist fanatic and raving jingoist"). Though not all his points hold equal power, Chomsky has delivered another impressive argument that the U.S. flouts international law when it finds it convenient to do so. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780896086111
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. A member of the American Academy of Science, he has published widely in both linguistics and current affairs. His books include At War with Asia, Towards a New Cold War, Fateful Triangle: The U. S., Israel and the Palestinians, Necessary Illusions, Hegemony or Survival, Deterring Democracy, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy and Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.
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Table of Contents

  • Rogue States: Who Qualifies? The criteria are fairly clear: a "rogue state" is not simply a criminal state, but one that defies the orders of the powerful—who are, of course, exempt.
  • Crisis in the Balkans: NATO Forces in Yugoslavia. There is no serious doubt that the NATO bombings further undermine what remains of the fragile structure of international law.
  • East Timor Retrospective. The crimes are so familiar and could so easily have been terminated. That has been true ever since Indonesia invaded in December 1975, relying on U.S. diplomatic support and arms.
  • East Timor Is Not Yesterday's Story. At last report, the US has provided no funds for the Australian-led UN intervention force. Hundreds of thousands of missing people who escaped the crackdown may be starving in the mountains.
  • Kosovo vs. The Middle East: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Role of the Media. In both the case of Kosovo and the case of Iraq, the United States and its allies have chosen a particular path, namely the path of extreme violence.
  • Cuba and the U.S. Government: David vs. Goliath. Cuba and the United States have quite a curious status in international relations, in fact, unique. There's no other case of such a sustained assault by one power against another, in this case the greatest superpower against a poor, third world country now for 40 years.
  • Sovereignty and World Order. The doctrine that the U.S. is exempt from the regime of international law goes back to the earliest days of the United Nations, though it was secret. Now the traditional U.S. stand rejecting international law has simply become very open and explicit.
  • Recovering Rights: A Crooked Path. Particularly in the societies that are more privileged and that have won a significant measure of freedom, many choices are available, including fundamental institutional change if that is the right way to proceed.
  • The Legacy of War. The general lessons of history are clear enough. The legacy of war is faced by the losers.
  • 1898: A Century Later. By the century's end the US had become by far the greatest economy in the world, though not yet a major actor in the international area. 1898 indeed marked a turning point in that regard.
  • Power in the Global Arena. The focus on the United States is distorting. The US is powerful, but not all-powerful.
  • "Consent without Consent": Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Democracy. There has often been a gap between public preferences and public policy. In recent years, the gap has become substantial.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    Is the U.S a ¿rogue state¿?

    The author (Noam Chomsky, an MIT professor) explores the aspects of what it means to be a ¿rogue state¿ and via systematic logic (in a very impressive manner with his documented sources) presents a viable case that the United States can be considered to a rogue state, which believes that it is not bound by international law. The book was indeed very intriguing and provides numerous sources for it¿s claims and is a must read for those who are willing to see another person¿s viewpoint of historical events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    An amazing book

    Chomsky provides a look and vision of the world that questions the status quo. Though most people will disagree with his basic philosophical belief, his cogent arguements questions our interpretation of world events based upon on extensive proof. In my opinion, it is utterly difficult to defend against his interpretation of world events. My recommendation, read the book, keep an open mind. You will find it hard to refute his conculsions, it is based upon too many hard facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    Chomsky does it again!

    Whether or not you like this book depends on what side of the political spectrum you place yourself. This is not a book for Republicans or centrist Democrats or anyone in between. If you think the US government is benevolent and always tries to do the right thing, do not buy this book.

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