This new, fully updated edition of Noam Chomsky's classic dissection of terrorism explores the role of the U.S. in the Middle East, and reveals how the media are used to manipulate public opinion about what constitutes 'terrorism.' With several new chapters as well as the original sections on Iran and the bombing of Libya, PIRATES AND EMPERORS is a brilliant account of the workings of state terrorism by the world's foremost critic of U.S. terrorism.
New chapters cover the second Palestinian Intifada ó or war of stones ó that began in October 2000; a detailed account of the impact that September 11 has had on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East; and a deconstruction of depictions and perceptions of terrorism since that date.
Chomsky starts by tracing the changing meaning of 'terrorism,' examining how it originally referred to violent acts by governments designed to ensure popular submission.' He calls its current application 'retail terrorism,' practiced by 'thieves who molest the powerful.' Chomsky argues that appreciating the differences between state terror and nongovernmental terror is crucial to stopping terrorism, and understanding why atrocities ó like the bombing of the World Trade Centeróhappen.