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(en) Review: Case Studies in Hypocrisy

From Workers Solidarity Movement <wsm@newmail.net>
Date Thu, 20 Dec 2001 08:20:17 -0500 (EST)

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>From Ainriail - the Irish Anarchist list

Book of the month
Case Studies in Hypocrisy
US Human Rights Policy
Noam Chomsky (spoken word)
*2xCD set released by Alternative Tentacles

As the United States bombs rain down on
Afghanistan with the endorsement of the UN - and
also as Ireland currently holds the chair of the
UN Security Council, which has lead to scenes of
the Irish flag being burned in the streets of
Palestine - it would appear a good time to
review this CD.

Chomsky reveals the strange relationship the US
has had with Saddam Hussein - their favourite
monster. For instance, in 1988 after he gassed
Kurds in Iraq, the US and Britain increased
their support to him. Also in July of that year
the US was supporting Iraq in its war against
Iran so much that a warship fired at and took
down a commercial Iranian plane killing 290
people. Iran knew whose side the US was on at
that stage. By December 1989 - while the US was
busy invading Panama to install a puppet
Government - George Bush announced that they
would be increasing their support for Iraq.

A year later Iraq had invaded Kuwait. Sanctions
were in place and these lead to the deaths of
over 500,000 children. Madeleine Albright said
"we're willing to pay that price" when
confronted with these deaths in 1997.

Chomsky constantly refers to the United States
as a rogue state. They have shown little else
except contempt for the UN unless it goes along
with it's line. The US has turned to its
strengths - force and violence. From bombing a
pharmaceutical plant in the Sudan to starving
people to death for living under a dictator who
was once heavily supported by them. 'We prefer
to act though our allies but if we can't act
though them we'll act alone' - this is the US
message to the United Nations. You're irrelevant
as long as you make decisions that do not
coincide with ours.

"There are ugly times ahead" predicts Chomsky -
how right he was. We'll continue to see these
ugly times as long as the most powerful nation
on earth continues to act as the bully boy - a
state that commits war crimes and kills to get
it's own way on issues that effect its power and
its ability to make profits.

Available in Ireland from the WSM bookservice,
Write to PO Box 1528 for a catalogue of our

This article is from Workers Solidarity No. 67

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