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The United States A "Leading Terrorist State, Says Chomsky
NEW YORK, May 24 (IslamOnline & News Agencies) - With more than 125,000
copies sold in 22 countries and translated into 19 foreign languages, Noam
Chomskys latest book entitled 9-11 is another international bestseller.
Prominent left-wing Jewish American academic Noam Chomsky offers a
realistic perspective of the events of September 11 in this book 9-11
which includes a collection of transcripts of interviews Chomsky gave to
journalists from various countries following the attacks.
In 9-11, Noam Chomsky dissects the root causes of the September 11
incident, the historical precedents for it, and the possible outcomes as
the United States responds with its "new war on terrorism."
Chomsky told Agence France-Persse (AFP) that his book alarmed many
Americans, who started to question the causes behind the attack on America
in particular and to pay attention to whats happening around them in the
For Chomsky, the atrocities of 9-11 are something quite new in world
affairs, marking the first time since 1812 that the U.S. mainland was
Noam Chomsky, an internationally respected political analyst, linguist and
radical intellectual, makes some bold statements condemning the United
States, its politicians and policies, as he refers to the United States as
a "leading terrorist state," using as an example the Reagan
administration's invasion of Nicaragua in the 1980s and the subsequent
"devastating economic war" in that country.
Though the invasion was condemned by the World Court, the United States
responded by ignoring the ruling and escalating its attack on the country,
killing thousands of people in the process.
Chomsky believes that the attacks have been harmful in ways that extend
far beyond the initial death toll and ongoing national emergency. For
example, he believes they represent a devastating blow to
Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
He also discussed in detail the Clinton administration's bombing of the
Al-Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Sudan in August 1988, which destroyed
much of Sudan's medical-supply capabilities and denied necessary and
affordable pharmaceutical products to the Sudanese people, resulting in
large numbers of deaths from easily treatable diseases.
In his book, he explains that such examples could be considered acts of
terrorism if viewed from the side of the victims. If the United States
were subjected to an act resulting in the starvation of a large number of
U.S. citizens, it would be difficult to imagine that act being regarded as
anything other than terrorism.
But that is essentially what happened in Afghanistan after the United
States demanded that Pakistan seal its borders with the country and cut
off food aid to the Afghan people before the start of the U.S. bombing
campaign, he said.
Chomsky argues for an international rule of law; existing bodies such as
the U.N. and World Court must be given credence and then relied upon.
React with extreme violence, he writes, and expect to escalate the cycle
of violence, leading to still further atrocities such as the one that is
inciting the call for revenge.
But if the goal is to reduce the probability of further atrocities, then
rather follow lawful procedure, presenting the evidence and letting
independent world bodies direct the appropriate response.
As for why the attack happened, Chomsky writes that this question is
rarely raised in a serious way. And he adds: To refuse to face this
question is to choose to increase significantly the probability of further
crimes of this kind.
Noam Chomsky was born December 7, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His
undergraduate and graduate years were spent at the University of
Pennsylvania where he received his PhD in linguistics in 1955. During the
years 1951-1955, Chomsky was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University
Society of Fellows. While a Junior Fellow, he completed his doctoral
dissertation entitled, "Transformational Analysis."
Professor Chomsky has received honorary degrees from many worldwide
universities. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
and the National Academy of Science. In addition, he is a member of other
professional and learned societies in the United States and abroad.
Chomsky has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy,
intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs and U.S.
Although has latest book contains several repetitive responses to similar
questions, Chomsky told the book's editor: "These facts have been
completely removed from history. One has to practically scream them from
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