World Order Old and New

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

In WORLD ORDER OLD AND NEW Noam Chomsky, like a Biblical prophet, decries hypocrisy and all it cloaks: greed, vice, murder, corruption, rape, violence, and wars of oppression. He is also like a Biblical prophet in that the central target of his careful and accurate invective is his own tribe, the Americans (more specifically, the very rich ones) and in that although he is dismissed, when listened to at all, with various epithets (academic, left-wing), the epithets do not seem fitting when reading his words. He could just as well be called a realist and a conservative. Morality and a sense of right and wrong are what underlie his argument; they are often considered conservative values. Mustering a library’s worth of facts and documentation, with a scholar’s patience and with levelheaded rage, Chomsky debunks the mythology about recent world events that the mainstream media presents, and, in its place, establishes a clear and stark picture of what the world’s powers are accomplishing and why.

For example, why was no voice raised among the free press of the United States to point out that the U.S. invasion of Panama was largely the same in purpose, means, destruction, and illegality as Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait? In both cases, a large, powerful nation invaded a small, weak nation that had a valuable resource. In both cases, the leadership of the country was deposed so that a leadership willing to follow the orders of the invading force might be...

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