Alyssa A. Lappen
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[Update, May 30, 2014: From the recently amended title of this book, you'd think the U.S. had perpetrated 9/11 itself, and actually had a choice in the matter. And in a manner of speaking, that seems what Chomsky thinks. But no, actually, the atrocities were Al Qaeda's choice. The U.S. was the victim, not the perpetrator.]
This book is moral relativism at its most extreme --- a political tract on supposed evils imposed by America on the world that meanwhile ignores all U.S. innovation and aid (food, health care, drugs, agricultural assistance, etc.) from which people around the globe benefit daily.
The book avoids discussing victims of 9/11 as well as all facts surrounding the worst single terrorist attack in world history and its perpetrators. Chomsky is uninterested in bin Laden or Islamic extremism. According to this book, everything bad is America's fault.
It contains lots of errors, too. According to Chomsky, America's attack on a Sudanese "drug plant" --- in reality a manufacturer of biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction --- was calculated destruction of much-needed drug supplies for Sudan's beleaguered population. Excuse me? (Wikipedia notwithstanding --- whatever Wiki editors dislike, including true facts, they delete. On anything concerning recent or current events, it's generally trash.)
Let's get real: Who would believe claims of the Sudanese government, which for decades perpetuated terror, genocide and enslavement of southern Sudan's black, animist and Muslim populations --- murdering at least 2 million and enslaving several hundred thousand. Not to mention hosting bin Laden for years, and arranging his many meetings with Iranian and Iraqi terrorists, to say nothing of Khartoum's [2011 and 2012] massacres against non-Muslim Nubian mountain peoples after the Republic of South Sudan obtained internationally recognized statehood in July 2011 --- or the tens of thousands of Nubians likely to die at Sudanese hands, going forward.
Genuine humanists who care may read some details of Sudanese history in Silent Terror, Escape from Slavery, Let My People Go, and Dream Freedom. Alas, those do not seem to include Chomsky or his fans. But then, Chomsky also supported the Khmer Rouge.
To Chomsky, U.S. policy must be considered in a vacuum --- where it is always, and can only be --- bad. Literally, nothing else seems to matter to him.
Chomsky also repeats earlier falsehoods concerning U.S. friendship with Israel, advising us to stop all support for a nation whose largely hostile neighbors have sought her destruction for 67 years. It's not mentioned here, but he also supports Hamas and Hezbollah. World Court and recent U.N. statements and resolutions notwithstanding, under international law, Israel was and remains within her rights to disputed territory obtained during a war of self-defense --- until the parties arrive at mutually agreeable terms (which seems increasingly unlikely, given adamant and obstructionist PA refusals to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, a prerequisite for any negotiations ever to succeed).
As for Iraq, while the war had not started when this book was first written and published, Chomsky condemned U.S. sanctions, and ignored Saddam Hussein's ruthless mass murder of Iraq's Kurdish and other populations, or his orders that henchmen perpetrate mass rape. Subsequently, Chomsky did not care about the freedom relished by Iraq's masses after Hussein's defeat. Rather, his perspective lacks all balance.
In 2003, Iraqi masses welcomed U.S. forces gleefully in Baghdad's streets, where they joyfully toppled the grotesque statute of Saddam Hussein that for decades had dominated its central square. Al Qaeda had moved into Iraq in 2002, long before the U.S. invasion. In March 2003, U.S. forces began to reduce al Qaeda in Iraq to a shadow of its former self. The 2007 surge cut its attacks on Iraqi civilians by 90%.
Some Iraqis --- though certainly not all --- [until the end] viewed the U.S. as an "occupier," much as Muslims would any non-Muslim force in predominantly Islamic nations. That's another issue entirely, having zip to do with the U.S. per se --- and too complex to cover here. (For history and background, consult Bat Ye'or's classic, The Dhimmi, Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam or her latest volume, Europe, Globalization, and the Coming of the Universal Caliphate; Andrew Bostom's Legacy of Jihad, or Mark Durie's The Third Choice.)
Presented as questions which the author purports to answer, this book requires that readers have a firm enough grasp of history to see through Chomsky's creative historical reconstructions. Chomsky gets full freedom in the U.S. to dump on his country, and dump he does.
--Alyssa A. Lappen