The New Military Humanism: Lessons From Kosovo

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Analyzing the NATO bombing, Chomsky challenges the New Humanism: Is it guided by power interests, or by humanitarian concern? Is the resort to force undertaken in the name of principles and values? Or are we witnessing something more crass and familiar?

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Analyzing the NATO bombing, Chomsky challenges the New Humanism: Is it guided by power interests, or by humanitarian concern? Is the resort to force undertaken in the name of principles and values? Or are we witnessing something more crass and familiar?

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The essays in The Politics of Human Rights are reprinted from the third issue of the irregular serial Belgrade Circle Journal (ISSN 0354-635X). The Belgrade Circle is a nongovernmental organization founded in 1992 that, according to its web site, promotes "a free, open, pluralist, democratic, and rational civil society" and looks forward to a new Europe rather than back to old Serbia. A better title for the collection would have been "The Political Theory of Human Rights" as the contributors advocate a legal framework as the best protection for human rights, basing their arguments on the early Western European political philosophers of those rights. Three of the essays are analyses of human rights texts; only the last two, written by the volume editor, consider contemporary Yugoslavia. The publication of such essays in Belgrade may be a subversive activity, but they will hardly seem radical to American readers. Furthermore, the photo of Slobodan Milosevic on the cover misleads the reader to expect the contents to focus on Serbia, which is barely mentioned. Chomsky (MIT), a longtime critic of U.S. foreign policy, contributed one essay to the preceding book as well as writing his own book during the spring 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia. He compares the rhetoric of the U.S. government justifying this intervention to its rhetoric and actions in other parts of the world both recently (the Kurds) and in past decades (several incursions into Central America). In all cases, he depicts the United States as a rogue superpower intent on enforcing its wishes everywhere while flouting international legal conventions and undermining world order in the process. Intense anger and strong passion drip from every page, but the haste of composition has led to numerous nonsense statements, such as "If we had records, we might find that Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun professed humanitarian motives." His arguments would be better served by a thorough revision. Neither volume can be recommended.--Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781567511765
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Noam Chomsky is a world renowned linguist and one of America's foremost social critics. He is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and the author of numerous books for Pluto Press.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2000

    Defeating Mankind's Worst System -Democratism

    The quality that makes this book extremely recomendable one is in its implicit thesis that system known as democracy is simply a wrong one-that cannot be operationalized because of its self-anihilating properties. There is, instead a pseudodemocracy,totalitarian system run by determinations set by the big media and corporate interests.West advocates democratic values,because that is apealing to collective ethnocentrism.These values are wrong-egalitarism,plebiscitarism,liberalism-nevertheless total monopolistion of geopolitic power by U.S.A. and N.A.T.O. has led to creation of 'messianistic interventionalism'-against everybody who oposes globalisation-a form of neomarxistic utopism-one that marches under cliche 'everybody and everyone are equal-therefore all patterns of life should be uniform'. Nothing that was promoted as exuse for N.A.T.O.s agression on FR of Yugoslavia contained truth.Chomsky offers hard evidence and plausable exegesis to back-up such claims-KLA was created by NATO,and its function was to crush Miloshevich-the only prosouverenity leader in the Balkans. N.A.T.O. is today a millitary corporation that has its own ethos-panteutonic,oxidental, brahmanistic.Look at NATO's logo-it's all clear.By reading Chomsky reader will gain first class analysis of entire nonsence called benevolent interventionism-in a manner that is thoroughly argumentated. Verdict is clear:NATO commited war crimes,for the sake of its own drang nach osten policy.

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