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Pirates & Emperors: International Terrorism in the Real World (original 1987; edition 1986)

by Noam Chomsky (Author)

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Title:Pirates & Emperors: International Terrorism in the Real World
Authors:Noam Chomsky (Author)
Info:Brattleboro, Vt. : Amana Books, c1986.
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Noam Chomsky's opening metaphor says that the SCALE of power is what semantically conditions how we scale our definitions of various acts of aggression by the different players.
  vegetarian | Dec 11, 2012 |
While I always find Chomsky's books hard to read, they're always very informative and I always learn a lot from them. This book covers a lot of ground on the issue of US terrorism in the Middle East, and how we're told to see the actions of Middle Easterners as terrorism, even though they're mostly acting in self-defense against the atrocities of the US. Another book that makes me sad to be a citizen of a country that carries out such atrocities in the name of peacekeeping. ( )
1 vote lemontwist | Jan 31, 2010 |
Devastating chapters detailing thought control by the establishment and media, US-backed Israeli terrorism and atrocities over the decades, the demonization and bombing of Libya, Iran-Contra, the US as a terrorist (or outright aggressor) state, criminality of the response to the Sep11 crime. Chomsky is widely viewed as a lunatic politically, but I'll be danged if he isn't mostly right. "It is only in folk-tales, children's stories, and the journals of intellectual opinion that power is used wisely and well to destroy evil." -- p 144.
1 vote fpagan | Dec 16, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0896086852, Paperback)

This updated edition of Noam Chomsky’s classic dis-section of terrorism explores the role of the U.S. in the Middle East, and reveals how the media manipulates -public opinion about what constitutes "terrorism."

This edition includes new chapters covering the second Palestinian intifada that began in October 2000; an analysis of the impact of September 11 on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East; a deconstruction of depictions and perceptions of terrorism since that date; as well as the original sections on Iran and the U.S. bombing of Libya.

Chomsky starts by tracing the changing meaning of "terrorism," examining how it originally referred to violent acts by "governments designed to ensure popular submission." He calls its current application "retail terrorism," practiced by "thieves who molest the powerful." Chomsky argues that appreciating the differences between state terror and nongovernmental terror is crucial to stopping terrorism, and understanding why atrocities like the bombing of the World Trade Center happen.

In comparing the "war on terror" launched by George W. Bush to that of his father and Ronald Reagan’s administrations, Chomsky recalls Winston Churchill’s summation of the terror by the powerful: "The rich and powerful have every right to demand that they be left in peace to enjoy what they have gained, often by violence and terror; the rest can be ignored as long as they suffer in silence, but if they interfere with the lives of those who rule the world by right, the ‘terrors of the earth’ will be visited upon them with righteous wrath, unless power is constrained from within."

Pirates and Emperors is a brilliant account of the workings of state terrorism by the world’s foremost critic of U.S. imperialism.

An internationally acclaimed philosopher, linguist, and political activist, Noam Chomsky teaches at MIT.

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