Poder y terror: Postâ9/11 Talks and Interviews

ISBN: 1583226206
ISBN 13: 9781583226209
By: Noam Chomsky Carmen Aguilar

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In this, his first new book since the international bestseller "9-11," Noam Chomsky presents his latest thinking on terrorism and U.S. foreign policy, focusing on alternatives to the current course of armed provocation.Noam Chomsky is the author of many books including "Profit Over People "(ISBN 1-888363-82-7) and the international bestseller "9-11" (ISBN 1-58322-489-0).

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At least all is not lost! The world may have lost the late E. Said but there's Chomsky to tell it like it is.


Chomsky's style as usual to the point and no sugar-coating. The book is laid out in a Q&A format although some of his longer answers are taken from his talks and presentations. There are three parts of the book with a fourth section on Recommended readings and about the film Power and Terror. The third part has an excerpt of a talk he gave in 2002 to benefit the legal defense of a friend and Israeli Arab member of the Knesset, Azmi Bishara. It was delivered at Hunter College, NYC. Titled Visiting the West Bank, it traces Chomsky's visit to the troubled and anguished area. His accounts from Nablus where there was eve more large scale destruction compared to Jenin, relates how the locals coped with life after the devastation. "Of all the villages we went to, the most dramatic case was the village that had become famous a couple of days earlier, namely Beita. Beita is a traditional conservative village nestled in the hills not far from Ramallah... It clearly had been a very attractive place, with old houses, hundreds of years old. "At that time, Beita had been attacked and partially destroyed by Israeli forces. The reason was that a group of Israeli hikers from a nearby Israeli settlement had entered the fields of Beita. They were led by Romam Aldubi, a criminal extremist, and the only Jew ever to have been barred by the military authorities from entering any Arab areas. The hikers found a shepherd in the field and killed him. They were brought into the village, where they killed a couple of other people. Following that, the mother of one of the people who was killed, threw a stone at Aldubi, and he fired and killed an Israeli girl, Tirza Porat, who was one of the hikers. That led to a hysterical reaction in Israel including calls to destroy the town and drive the whole population out. The Israeli army knew exactly what had happened and told people. But for whatever reason, maybe to cut back on a more serious reaction among the settlers, the army went into town and smashed it up."Chomsky then details his personal account describing that what they saw in the town at the time showed a devastation that was more grave than what was officially reported (almost double the number of houses destroyed and it was obvious there was no time given for them to leave). "Though it was well known that Adulbi was the killer of both the Palestinians and of the Israeli girl, he was never punished, although he did come to trial. The authorities determined that the tragic events that happened were already punishment enough for him. So it was only the people in the village who had to be punished, and they were."This chapter also captures his conversations with residents there. "At the time we were there, it happened to be a bitter cold rainy day, as happens in that season, April - the people whose houses were demolished were living outdoors, trying to cook outdoors and so on. It was a pretty ugly and painful scene. Their attitudes were striking. They were not resigned. They were quiet and determined. We asked them whether they would be willing to accept assistance from Israeli Jews to rebuild what they had destroyed, and they told us they would, under certain conditions. If the assistance was given honestly, they would accept it happily. If it was given as an effort to create an image of what's called "the beautiful Israel", a term that's used in Israel in Hebrew as a term of contempt for a disgraceful posture that's familiar, they didn't want anything to do with it. Strikingly, there was no call for revenge or any retaliation, just the quiet determination to continue." He quotes other incidences from his trip and again notes the same quiet determination with no retaliation or revenge. "All this reveals a very remarkable fact about the military occupation. It went on for 34 years and was harsh, brutal, and repressive from the beginning, with robbery of land and resources. But there was no retaliation, not from the occupied territories. Israel was immune from any attack from within the territories. .... And when I refer to Israel, I mean the United States and Israel, because everything that Israel does is done up to the limits that the United States supports and authorizes." Besides this account, Chomsky also focuses on Afghanistan, Iraq, and the relationship of United States with the world (an entire chapter on that). A quick read, this book is only 150 pp long. Recommended for anyone wanting to understand the dynamics of power and how it is so easily used and abused.


A must for those wishing to familiarize themselves with Chomsky, though die-hards will probably find this work too breezy and light. Contains interview and speech excerpts from the socio-linguist cum political activist, especially as they pertain to the role rhetoric, language, and definition play in igniting terrorism/counter-terorism, and their collateral fires. Pieces are aptly selected, and, on the whole, the collection well-edited.


As expected, a scathing review of American politics put into historical and contemporary context so as to explicate the nature of governments. It seems power corrupts. It seems that any government, not just America's, will pursue Terrorism while not calling it that very truism it is.It seems that greed is at the root of all this evil. Governments past and present, the world over, will do whatever it takes to maintain the status quo, and sadly that means committing acts of international terrorism, while all the while labeling them "counter-terrorism" !!He makes a point of saying he dislikes the use of the word "evil" in relation the America, because as he points out, any country with power and wealth and as such greed, will do these so called evil things to maintain their greatness and domination.Look at Britain... colonialism... Also, when something is done by you, it's not terrorism. In Vietnam it was okay to spray Agent Orange everywhere, killing crops and people etc... but by very definition it is International Terrorism. It is an act against civilians, just as Nagasaki and Hiroshima were acts of International Terrorism (my example, not from the book, but nevertheless relevant).Very quick and intriguing read. I recommend it.

امير فرستال فرستال

Usual Chomsky quality :)


post 9-11 chomsky is interesting. we live in a different world today, a state of fear for sure. if you like chomsky and current events then this is a good read.

Joz Hunter

Typical Chomsky brilliance.

Zeus Polak

Noam Chomsky for president!


Old interviews and talks, circa 2002. Worth it for $3.

Ismael Galvan

I read Chomsky's "9-11" and found it very informative so it was only natural that I'd pick up the follow up. You don't have to read them in any particular order but I do see them as a set. It's interesting how people label Chomsky a radical when he follows every rule of making a rational argument. If you're concerned about the War on Terror and need some clarification, then you'll want to read this.


Very enlightening and thought provoking, but not very even handed and left me wondering a bit at how much of Chomsky's statements should be taken at face value. For what it was though ( a short compilation of interviews and speeches ) I found it worth reading.


9-11 by Noam Chomsky (2001)

Alessandro Pellizzari

Poco da dire. Cambiano gli scenari e la situazione internazionale, ma non i comportamenti dei governi.In questo libro Chomsky analizza cosa sia il terrorismo, e come lo si puó fermare (smettendo di commetterlo)



Raghav Bansal

Splendid work by Noam Chomsky:9-11 incidence has revealed the real face of US and its atrocities over the rest of the world.According to Chomsky,THE US practice terrorism under the name of war against terrorism.And what is terrorist attack and who is terrorist depends upon who and where it took place.If you want to you the real face of global terrorism must go for it

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