In the book, Noam Chomsky presents his unbiased opinions on America’s foreign policies and its foreign intervention throughout the post-war decades- in the Middle East, Vietnam and Central America.
The book incorporates a series of talks and interviews of Chomsky which he gave in 2002 in California, Cambridge, and New York. He begins with the fundamental principle that exercising violence against civilians of any country is terror. No matter who the perpetrator is.
Chomsky throws light on the role of U.S aid and its foreign policy which, according to him has lead to the egregious violation of human rights in the third world countries. In the book, he criticizes Bush’s government for helping Saddam Hussain in creating the weapons of mass destruction and its reaction to the 9/11 terror attacks.
Although he has reviewed the hypocrisy and the double standards of the western intellectuals and the media, but he still believes that the world is a far more civilized than it was in the past which he believes has been possible only because of the efforts of the ordinary citizens.
The book is a forceful and honest critique of the United States and its foreign policies based on Chomsky’s research. He very convincingly makes one believe what is said by him in the book and makes one think whether America is acting as a saviour of mankind or just indulging in violent activities to further its power in the world.
- Noam Chomsky: www.chomsky.info/
- US foreign aid policy: www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy
- Third World Countries: www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/third_world.htm
- Saddam Hussain: www.who2.com/saddamhussein.html
- 9/11 terror attacks: www.september11news.com/
- weapons of mass destruction: www.wmdcommission.org/ , www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/index.html