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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

"Jeffrey Winters . . . writes that Wolfowitz's main achievement in the economic sphere as ambassador to Indonesia was to help "set the stage" for the 1997 "collapse of the Indonesian economy under Suharto, a tragedy that plunged tens of millions into abject poverty.""1a

"The major task in the subversion of Iraqi democracy is to pressure political elites to accept "vague promises" and to retain as much as possible of the illegal economic regime imposed by the invaders, based on the standard principle of opening the country and its resources to foreign control (primarily US and UK), under the guise of "economic liberalism.""1b

" . . . [T]he Palestinians silently endured brutality, torture, degradation, and robbery of their lands and resources. Israel's US-backed refusal to accept a peace settlement in 1971 led to much misery and near disaster. . . An early opponent of the occupation, the renowned Orthodox scholar and scientist Yeshayahu Leibowitz, was famous for his prediction that oppressing another people would lead to serious moral degeneration, corruption, and internal decay."1c HITLER

" . . . Nazi propaganda techniques were borrowed from business doctrines and practices that were mostly pioneered in the Anglo-American societies. These techniques were based on resort to simple "symbols and slogans" with "tremendously reiterated impressions" that appeal to fear and other elementary emotions in the manner of commercial advertising, a contemporary review observes."1d LE BON GHENT HITLER

"Bush's second term quickly justified a Wall Street Journal headline "Bush Starts to Deliver for Big Business." Its first legislative triumph was a bankruptcy law, "crafted with industry help and backed by President Bush," the Journal reported. . .
"The guiding principles are much the same as for international lending. The World Bank and others stimulate borrowing by the rich and powerful in the poor countries, the risky loans yield high returns, and when the system crashes, structural adjustment programs transfer the costs to the poor, who never borrowed the money in the first place.
"The problems caused by financial industry avarice are severe. Bankruptcy filings "rose eightfold over the last 30 years . . .""
1e

"Unlike Europe, China refuses to be intimidated by Washington, a primary reason for the growing fear of China on the part of US planners. Much of Iran's oil already goes to China, and China is providing Iran with weapons, presumably considered a deterrent to US threats."1f


     

Noam Chomsky. Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy. Harry Chomsky, as Trustee of Chomsky Grandchildren Nominee Trust, 2006. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 2007.
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Noam Chomsky. Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 2007.
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* Italics in the original.

1 Noam Chomsky. Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy. Harry Chomsky, as Trustee of Chomsky Grandchildren Nominee Trust, 2006. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 2007.
a 4. Democracy Promotion Abroad, at 134.
b Ibid., at 163.
c 5. Supporting Evidence: The Middle East, at 185.
d 6. Democracy Promotion at Home, at 210.
e Ibid., at 243-244.
f Afterword, at 253.

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