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  Middle East Illusions: Reflections on Justice and Nationhood
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TitleMiddle East Illusions: Reflections on Justice and Nationhood
ASIN0742529770 - Purchase This Book
CategoryForeign Policy
ContributorCraverguy
Last ModifiedCraverguy - December 07, 2008 04:15am
DescriptionChomsky is one of the great intellectuals of the twentieth-century Left, whose Peace in the Middle East? (1974), though tiring reading, was a brilliant indictment of American and Israeli policy toward the Arab world in general and the Palestinian people in particular. It is republished here, augmented by 90 pages of new writings about the Middle East. Chomsky said a number of interesting things about Israel in 1974. While those remain interesting historically, they say less about the current situation than he seems to believe they do. Turgid at times, the new chapters will thrill his admirers, however, for they bristle with the daring comparisons (e.g., repeatedly likening recent American-Israeli Mideast peace plans to apartheid), characteristic of Chomsky, that make even the like-minded Gore Vidal look like a staid centrist. The concluding discussion of 9/11 in the context of America's animosity toward Iraq is especially timely. While the book may date quickly now that the war is a reality, it adds a deep, booming voice to the antiwar chorus.

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