Magazine article New Internationalist

Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower by William Blum

Magazine article New Internationalist

Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower by William Blum

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At a time when the US has declared war on terrorism Rogue State is a most timely guide to the state-sponsored terrorism that the US has been exporting around the globe since the Second World War as an integral part of its foreign policy.

In short, information-dense chapters Blum covers the training of insurgents and foreign armies in terror tactics, including sabotage, torture and assassination, at the School of the Americas; election manipulation across the globe through the National Endowment for Democracy and its money-laundering fronts; the deployment of weapons of mass destruction from napalm and Agent Orange in Korea and Vietnam through to cluster bombs and depleted uranium in Kosovo; support for numerous murdering, human-rights crushing regimes; and plots to assassinate leading members of foreign governments.

A lot of this material has been dealt with in more detail elsewhere (and usefully the book is fully referenced) but the value in Blum's book is that it assembles all this information in one place in a populist way. …

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