Michel Chossudovsky: America’s “War on Terrorism”

Global Research, 2nd ed. 2005     Amazon.com

Book Description:

In this new and expanded edition of Michel Chossudovsky’s 2002 best seller, the author blows away the smokescreen put up by the mainstream media, that 9/11 was an attack on America by “Islamic terrorists”. The expanded edition, which includes twelve new chapters focuses on the use of 9/11 as a pretext for the invasion and illegal occupation of Iraq, the militarisation of justice and law enforcement and the repeal of democracy. According to Chossudovsky, the “war on terrorism” is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that one man, Osama bin Laden, outwitted the $40 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus. The “war on terrorism” is a war of conquest. Globalisation is the final march to the “New World Order”, dominated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex. September 11, 2001 provides a justification for waging a war without borders. Washington’s agenda consists in extending the frontiers of the American Empire to facilitate complete U.S. corporate control, while installing within America the institutions of the Homeland Security State. Chossudovsky peels back layers of rhetoric to reveal a complex web of deceit aimed at luring the American people and the rest of the world into accepting a military solution which threatens the future of humanity.
About the Author:
Award winning writer Michel Chossudovsky is Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Center for Research on Globalization which hosts the critically acclaimed website: http://www.globalresearch.ca/. He is also a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His writings have been translated into more than twenty languages.
JOB’s Comment:
Chossudovsky is in my view an author in the same category as F. William Engdahl. The overall picture they present seems correct, but they sometimes go too far and are too onesided. There is of course some real Islamic terrorism. And this is not just blowback terrorism, but also terrorism inspired by real fundamentalist fanaticism. The “New World Order” is as far as I can see not just a matter of an American empire, of U.S. corporate control, although it is certainly to a considerable extent dominated by Wall Street. The goal is new, wholly supra- and ultimately postnational governance. The American military is being used, but the “military-industrial complex” is hardly specifically American any longer inasmuch as the infrastructure is being dismantled and the industry is outsourced. The use of the American military serves globalist purposes also in the sense that it weakens America. Chossudovsky seems to me an important scholar of the radical left. But his ideology leads to some inconsistencies and other weaknesses in his understanding and analyses. In other respects he is clearly beginning to see through problematic aspects of the left, as he discovers that in reality most of it supports – albeit sometimes indirectly – so much of what he criticizes and thought they were against too. But he should go much deeper in that analysis. Chossudovsky also writes for – or at least used to write for – Le Monde diplomatique.

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