Synopses & Reviews
Analyzing the NATO bombing, Chomsky challenges the New Humanism: Is it guided by power interests, or by humanitarian concern? Is the resort to force undertaken in the name of principles and values? Or are we witnessing something more crass and familiar?
Analyzing the NATO bombing, Noam Chomsky challenges the New Humanism. With a powerful grasp of history -- and an incisive argument about its relevance in this "new era" -- Chomsky peels back rhetorical claims that the United States and its allies fight for a world where those responsible for ethnic cleansing have nowhere to hide.
With his uniquely powerful style, Chomsky reviews the many facts that just won't do. From administration knowledge that bombing would escalate Serb atrocities, to the opportunities for diplomacy passed over in favor of war, the facts are so numerous as to warrant a chapter on the "denial syndrome": an affliction necessary to hold the official version of reality in place.