Middle East Illusions: Including Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood

Middle East Illusions: Including Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood

by Noam Chomsky


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What are the roots of the Israel-Palestinian conflict and how has it been influenced by the United States? Why has the U.S.-brokered "peace process" repeatedly failed to deliver peace? What are the prospects for a just resolution? What interests underlie current U.S. strategic doctrines in the Middle East, especially in its redeclared "war on terrorism" after 9-11, and how do we look beyond them to find more peaceful and viable alternatives? These are among the current and long-standing questions Noam Chomsky takes up in his newest book. Middle East Illusions presents recent chapters written by the author about the myths behind the peace process, the second Palestinian Intifada (which began in September 2000 and continues today in defiance of Israeli repression), and the Bush administration's response to the September 11 attacks on the United States, including its drive toward another war with Iraq. 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. It therefore presents in-depth analysis covering several decades, making it 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 Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742526990
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2003
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Noam Chomsky, author of more than 80 books, is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He speaks regularly to audiences in the United States and throughout the world. The New York Times has described him as "an exploder of received truths."

Table of Contents

Part IPeace in the Middle East? The 1967 War and the 1970s
1Nationalism and Conflict in Palestine39
2A Radical Perspective73
3Reflections on a National Conflict83
4The Fourth Round113
5The Peace Movement and the Middle East123
Part IIThe Intifada, Israel, and the United States at the Turn of the Millennium
6The "Peace Process" in U.S. Global Strategy159
7Prospects for Peace in the Middle East199
8Al-Aqsa Intifada217
9United States-Israel-Palestine227
Part IIIAfter 9/11: The "War on Terror" Redeclared
10A Changed World? Terrorism Reconsidered235
About the Author301

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Middle East Illusions: Including Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
mamorico on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chomsky often doesn't seem like the most organized of writers, but his concepts and ideas shine through even the most scattered of chapters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.