Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Culture of Terrorism

Chomsky, linguist and political essayist, continues his critique of President Reagan's Central American policy begun in Turning the Tide ( LJ 4/1/86), in which he argued that the United States has opposed human rights and democratization in the region to advance our economic interests. Here the thesis is extended to the Iran-contra scandal. Chomsky's documentation neatly supports his logic. Leftist adherents will applaud, while the majoritydepicted as perpetrators or dupes of military-based state capitalismwill ignore the book or dismiss it as rhetoric. But Chomsky has a point of view not frequently encountered in the press. For larger public and academic libraries. Kenneth F. Kister, Pinellas Park P.L., Fla.

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