Magazine article New Internationalist

[Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs]

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* * * * = VERY GOOD

by Noam Chomsky

(Pluto Press, ISBN 0-7453-1708-1)

Renewed bombing of Iraq by the US - with Britain obediently in tow - makes this book chillingly topical.

In this latest addition to his extraordinarily prolific canon, Noam Chomsky develops the concept of the United States as the world's pre-eminent 'rogue state'. He scrutinizes the bombing of Kosovo and Iraq, Western complicity in the devastation of East Timor and the criminal blockade of Cuba, showing how the US, with military strikes and economic sanctions, erodes and traduces the rule of international law. In case after case, the US shows contempt for UN resolutions and World Court decisions and, beneath the cloak of human-rights rhetoric, pursues a mendacious and self-serving strategy of military and economic imperialism.

In a scathing examination of US Latin American policy, Chomsky anatomizes the looking-glass world of the 'Colombia Plan'. …

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