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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** spoiler alert ** My summary:This book follows up his "9-11" book with lots of later interviews and talks about the U.S. government's reaction to 9-11. Specifically, the approach of the war in Afghanistan and the general use of force to get back at the terrorists responsible for 9-11. Chomsky once again points out examples of why the U.S. continues to sponsor terrorist acts, but calls it "anti-terrorism" because it is done by the U.S. The idea of invading a nation to root out terrorists is described as a facade since the people of the country are the ones that suffer, not the terrorist organizations themselves. He talks about how the U.S. acts unilaterally and ignores European opinions as well as the opinions of its own people. The driving force behind the current military actions is not finding the people responsible for the specific attack against the U.S., but rather to further increase our sphere of influence across the world. Through using the events of 9-11 the U.S. government can justify eliminating foreign governments that do not aid our military objectives. He goes into examples of how else our goal of controlling valuable resources has led to our sponsorship of Israel and the continuation of war in the Middle East. He specifically mentions how the U.S. has actually barred the peace process in order to maintain our influence in the Middle East. The same argument is made for Turkey, where the U.S. sponsors state terrorism because the government allows the U.S. military to use Turkish soil, airspace, etc. for its purposes. He also brings up the general rule of state terrorism and its relation to U.S. foreign aid. In other words, the more money the U.S. gives to any country, the more state terrorism occurs in that nation. Overall, Chomsky describe the U.S. as a great manipulator moving the "chess pieces" of the world through any means necessary. He also appeals to the educated classes to take notice of the ruthlessness of the U.S. government and to work towards a reduction in state terrorism in order to reduce the motivation of foreign terrorists against the U.S.



امير فرستال فرستال

Usual Chomsky quality :)


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.

Nils Franco

Would recommend if you are or someone you know is American. Chomsky covers it all.

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


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.


9-11 by Noam Chomsky (2001)


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.

Zeus Polak

Noam Chomsky for president!

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.


"If you want to end terrorism, stop participating in it". That is the central message of Power and Terror, a set of talks and interviews given by Noam Chomsky following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.2700 civilians killed; a terrible crime, indefensible. This we can all agree on. 2700 - approximately the number of civilians killed by the US military in a typical week during the Viet Nam war. Or the number of Kurd civilians killed in a week by the Turkish government with the blessing and support of the Clinton administration. Or the number of civilians killed in a typical week in East Timor with the blessing and support of the Eisenhower administration, and again by the Clinton administration. Or the number of civilians killed in a couple of weeks by the CIA in Nicaragua when it attacked the democratic government there in the 1980s, with Reagan's support and blessing. Or the number of Kurds killed by Saddam Hussein with the support and blessing of the Bush I administration.A pattern emerges: it's only terrorism if it is done by oppressed people, and only if it is done to privileged people. If it is done by us, or by Israel, or by South Africa (until 1990), or by one of our puppet states (Iraq before the attack on Kuwait, Indonesia, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala), then it is not terrorism. It is counter-terrorism, or it is proactive response to terrorism, or it is legitimate security concerns. If a bus is blown up by a Palestinian and 10 Israelis are killed, that is news, for days and weeks - and rightly so. If a village is destroyed by Israeli tanks and 50 Palestinians are killed, that is not news. It is not even reported in the US press, as often as not.Chomsky reserves special scorn for western liberal intellectuals. In his view they simply promulgate the colonialist/neo-imperialist line, and are unable or unwilling to take a moral stance when evaluating the causes and effects of organized violence. He points out case after case of state terrorism, conducted by Israel, by the United States, or by a US puppet government, that are not reported in the mainstream media at all, or if reported is never reported as the terrorism that it is.On a slightly different topic, Chomsky mentions a study that was done that found a near perfect correlation between US foreign aid and torture. US foreign aid is actually miniscule, compared to other wealthy countries. But such aid as there is goes predominantly to governments that torture their citizens. Chomsky notes that correlation does not imply causation, and in fact he believes that the US government is not especially interested in promoting torture (remember: this was written before the revelations of torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, extraordinary rendition and so on). He cites another more comprehensive study that sought to correlate US foreign aid with a wide variety of factors. That study found near perfect correlation between foreign aid and the ease of foreign 'investment' - i.e. the ease with which US and other international corporations can take over a country's natural resources. Chomsky's take on this is that in such countries repression is necessary because people naturally do not like to have their resources taken away by foreign corporations. So in those countries there is brutality against labor organizers, peasants, and so on.You can like Chomsky, or not. But I would challenge you to contest his facts, and I would wonder what conclusions you would draw differently from those facts.


Not bad, the man knows his stuff.



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)

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