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9-11 by Noam Chomsky

9-11 (2001)

by Noam Chomsky

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Imprint. Fearless and outspoken, Chomsky provides a wide-ranging analysis of the terrorist attacks of September 11, which contrasts with the shallow commentary of much of the mainstream press. He comments on the new 'war on terrorism', the US involvement in Afghanistan and the long term implications of recent actions.… (more)



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Not classic Chomsky, but resounds with a truth we must face sooner or later: we have been responsible for a lot of unnecessary death. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Useful to put the attacks in context, and hits at how we could have better responded, but it is in a question and answer format. This a format that always irritates me. It tends to feel disjointed and prevents a coherent analysis. ( )
  bke | Mar 30, 2014 |
Commentary. Interesting collection of interviews with Noam Chomsky following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the USA. I found it much more concise and readable than some of Chomsky's more academic efforts. ( )
  questbird | Oct 7, 2013 |
This book is a collection of hand selected and abridged interviews Noam Chomsky granted to numerous media outlets. These interviews occurred over a span of about one month after the September 11th attacks. The editor makes no attempt at explaining his exclusion of repetitive answers to keep the compendium unnecessarily redundant.

In regards to Mr. Chomsky, I did learn he has a more tempered idea about the 9-11 attacks than I perceived. While he will never provide the US government benefit of the doubt when it comes to "economic terrorism" from Vietnam to Nicaragua to al Shifa pharmaceutical plant, he does dispute a causal effect between bin Laden and the actions to the World Trade Center with "economic imperialism."

In short, while I don't agree with the linguist, I was surprised to learn more about his views. ( )
  HistReader | Mar 1, 2012 |
While Chomsky is recognized around the world as a leading intellectual, his political writings remain barely known in the USA, the one country that would benefit the most from his perspective.

This small book offers a series of interviews with Chomsky in the aftermath of the 9-11 attack. Most of these interviews appeared (not suprisingly) in non - US media outlets. While the interviews overlap somewhat, in total they offer a useful antidote to the militant nationalism of the mainstream press, by putting the attack in the context of recent history and US foreign policy. That's not to say that Chomsky excuses the attack in any way or understates its significance. Rather, he challenges facile, self-serving claims that the US was attacked because of globalization or because "they hate our freedom."

His early prediction that the GW Bush administration would use the 9-11 attacks as justification for domestic repression was prescient -- though even Chomsky wouldn't have dreamed of how far the militant right-wing would go. This book isn't actually dated, because causes of the crisis have not been adequately explored, and the consequences live on, and on. ( )
9 vote danielx | Apr 11, 2010 |
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