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Posted December 16, 2004
Like all Blumfs books, this fascinating memoir is immensely readable, lucid and free of jargon. Like so many good people, Blum gained his political understanding through opposing the US statefs criminal war against Vietnam. Blum reports that the anti-Vietnam war movement was not pacifist in general terms but specifically opposed the US attack on Vietnam. Blum saw that time and again the US state intervened abroad not to back democracy but to smash it: the war against Vietnam was not an aberration, but it was typical and endemic to the capitalist system. How can anyone believe that the January elections in Iraq are about empowering the Iraqi people? The anti-Vietnam war movement soon learned that git was ridiculous to appeal to the President as if were some unaware innocent bystander who needed only to be eenlightenedf before he would see the error of his ways.h They saw how the CIA infiltrated the trade unions and the anti-war movement, and Blum notes that Blairfs friend Bill Clinton snitched to the CIA about the anti-war protestors he joined in Britain. Blum was in Chile from August 1972 to May 1973. In March 1973 the left gained 7% more votes in the congressional elections. So the ruling class, aided by the US state, decided that they could only get rid of Allende through a coup, which they duly carried out on 11 September. Based on vast amounts of evidence, from official documents, rulersf memoirs, and investigative reporting, Blumfs books are probably the best introduction to the US statefs real role in the world. His first was The CIA: a forgotten history: US global interventions since World War II, published in 1986. Common Courage Press published a new edition of this, entitled Killing hope: US military and CIA interventions since World War II in 1995. In 2000, Zed Books published The rogue state: a guide to the worldfs only superpower and in 2004 Common Courage Press published Freeing the world to death: essays on the American empire.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.