August 30, 2011
Reviewed in the September issue of Peace News:
Asked days after the 11 September 2001 attacks if US president George W Bush’s “war on terror” was winnable, Noam Chomsky responded: “If we want to consider this question seriously, we should recognise that in much of the world the US is regarded as a leading terrorist state, and with good reason. We might bear in mind, for example, that in 1986 the US was condemned by the World Court for ‘unlawful use of force’ (international terrorism) and then vetoed a Security Council resolution calling on all states (meaning the US) to adhere to international law.”
To mark the tenth anniversary of 11 September 2001, Seven Stories Press and Pluto Press are releasing new editions of two of Noam Chomsky’s books on the al-Qa’eda attacks on New York and Washington.
9-11 is a small format book with Chomsky’s immediate responses to the attacks (including the interview quoted from above).
These books are indispensable for understanding and dealing with our current situation. Chomsky places the 9/11 attacks in their proper context, noting, for example, that the US missile attacks on Sudan in 1998, which destroyed a pharmaceutical factory manufacturing vital drugs cheaply, are estimated to have led directly to the deaths of tens of thousands of people from easily treatable diseases.