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The Attack: Hintergrunde und Folgen

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  2,471 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Der 11. September 2001 markiert angeblich das Datum, "nach dem nichts mehr so sein wird, wie es war". Dies jedenfalls vermuteten beinahe unisono alle, denen in den Wochen nach den Terroranschlägen der al-Qaida auf New York und Washington ein Mikrofon vorgehalten oder ein Stift in die Hand gedrückt wurde. "Die schrecklichen Ereignisse vom 11. September besitzen zweifellos e ...more
Paperback, 89 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Distribooks (first published September 12th 1987)
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Jens
I'm impressed that Chomsky, in the immediate wake of 9/11, recognized the many counter-currents in society that advocated a more nuanced approach to dealing with the Taliban in order to fight Al-Qaeda. More importantly, he immediately distinguished between the peaceful nature of the vast majority of Islam and the nature of the terrorists who attacked us in its name.
I once had the privilege of listening to Alan Story speak about non-violence. Alan, a South African minister, was conscripted into t
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Mike Cognato
Ugh. Mad rantings with footnotes (which usually refer back to nothing more than prior Chomsky rantings). The only service Chomsky's political writing has ever provided is to make it easier to recognize uninformed or easily misled twits by allowing them to self-identify whenever they cite him in an argument. He puts the worst possible gloss on any action by the U.S. ever and the best possible spin on assorted tyrants and terrorists in a tedious and predictable way and willfully ignores any inform ...more
Rola
"و فى اليوم الذى سبق احتفاله بيوم "القانون" , أعلن ريجان أن الولايات المتحدة لن تولى اهتماما بما يدور فى المحكمة الدولية , التى واصلت إدانتها لسياسة إدارته بسبب استخدامها غير المشروع للقوة, و انتهاكها للمعاهدات الدولية."


هى الولايات المتحدة المتجبرة دائما و التى و إن طبق عليها قانونها الخاص المعرف للإرهاب الدولى ستأتى فى أول قوائم الدول الراعية و الممارسة له.
يتضمن الكتاب نص مقابلات صحفية لنعوم تشومسكى المعروف بصراحته تجاه النظام الأمريكى و ممارساته الوقحة فى عرف الجميع و التى يرتكبها تحت مسمى الت
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Matt  Dorsey
Compilation of heavily edited transcripts from interviews with Chomsky in the weeks following 9/11. By it's very nature, much of it is redundant, making for an occasionally tedious read. Chomsky takes a primarily historical perspective in his discussion of global affairs and U.S. foreign policy, which isn't always useful, but is frequently interesting. The book serves as a good counterpoint to the nationalistic propaganda the U.S. media was churning out at the time these interviews took place. T ...more
Qusai Dawaimeh
الكتاب يتضمن مجموعة من مقابلات صحفية مع المفكر الأميركي نعوم تشومسكي.
أهم ما جاء بالكتاب بالنسبة لي هو حديثه عن السياسات الأمريكية التي تتعاطى مع الارهاب بشكل مختلف عن سسائر الدول بحيث تعرف الارهاب بطريقتها الخاصة. وأورد هنا أهم النقاط السوداء في تاريخ السياسات الأمريكية:

_أميركا اتهمت بالارهاب عام 1986 ولكنها استخدمت حق النقض أي الفيتو

_انجلترا لم تتعرض لهجوم من الهند, ولا بلجيكا تعرضت لهجوم من الكونجو, ولا ايطاليا من أثيوبيا , ولا فرنسا من الجزائر. فلذلك أوروبا و أميركا أصابتهم الصدمة بسبب أحداث
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Caitie
Read No Room For Further Burials. Be depressed and bored and confused at the same time. Then read this Chomsky. You will understand what the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq look like from the perspective of the powerless, impoverished people who make up the vast majority of those nations.
Jerry Smith
Written shortly after the attacks themselves, it is interesting to review Chomsky's thoughts with the advantage of more than a decade's hindsight. He has been proven to be both far sighted and perceptive. Pretty much every aspect of his predictions have come to fruition. The work addresses what the optimal response to these horrendous attacks should be, and what it was likely to be. It is sad indeed that he was proven to be correct.

It could be argued that to fail to provide a robust response to
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W. Littlejohn
Jan 20, 2010 W. Littlejohn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to W. by: Anyone who thinks the US was an innocent victim of 9/11
Shelves: scary-stuff
This book does an excellent and concise job of exploding the myth that the US was an innocent victim in 9/11, and that its response (the "War on Terror") was righteous and necessary, and it does so without resorting to so-called "conspiracy theories." Now, personally, I think that those "conspiracy theories" are a crucial part of the damning case against the US, but many people aren't willing to go there just now, and this book is the book for them.

Chomsky reveals that, far from being "anti-ter
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David Sarkies
Oct 28, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: It's probably a little obsolete now
Recommended to David by: A friend named Neil
Shelves: politics
A Noam Chomsky interview
12 December 2010

This small book is a transcript of a radio interview with Chomsky shortly after the September 11 attacks. I remember being in Sydney late 2001 when a friend of mine saw this book and said 'I'm not surprised Chomsky has already written a book about September 11th'. At the time I had never heard of Chomsky, however that ignorance has since changed.
I'm not surprised that Chomsky released a book quickly as well, because the event was such a psychological sho
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James
These interviews collectively smack of an apologia for terrorism committed by non-US bodies, for Chomsky seems to invariably find a preceding cause for assaults directed toward America. He seems to pay scant regard to intentions, focusing instead on a consequentialist view of American-Middle east conflicts. Granted the Americans must have erred in foreign endeavours, yet the author's eerie ability, or inclination rather, to find an explanation, or excuse even, for anti-Western sentiment seems di ...more
Andrew
A bit scattered, sure, which can be attributed to the oddity of publishing a series of interviews which have been heavily expanded after-the-fact. However, lots of good information here distilled in a short book. Unlike what some detractors have said in other reviews, Chomsky is not a ranter. He has some stories he uses as examples more than once, but these are in no way rants. Anyone who has heard him speak or watched his speeches on videos or listened to radio interviews knows this. He's calm, ...more
Tony Brasunas
While I admire Chomsky's intellect immensely, and his book Manufactured Consent is necessary reading for anyone attempting to understand media and thought manipulation in the United States, this book was a disappointment and a disillusionment all at once. In fact it was in this very book that I realized that Chomsky hides things -- via deflection, sweeping historical statements, and occasional deceit. It was just as I was considering the possibility that the Bush Administration had a role in 9/1 ...more
William Durden
This is important work. I really wish Chomsky had real influence in our society. It's funny that I don't think anything he says is really all that radical and yet he makes all these "100 most dangerous academics" lists and Sean Hannity calls him something like an "Osama-sympathizer" or "Osama-apologizer," which is a gross misreading and labelling that really infuriates me.
Gertrude & Victoria
Chomsky's analysis of September 11, 2001 wasn't very compelling, as it lacked any semblance of rigor. I felt like I was left out in the cold somewhere between the Mongolian-Chinese-Russian border. There are plenty of other books out there on the subject that are much better. I'd advise you pass this one up and look elsewhere. Don't waste your time or money.
Daniel Kukwa
Noam Chomsky is always worth the time to read, but my issue with this slim volume is that there isn't anywhere near enough of him. The book itself was published quickly, in the aftermath of 9/11, and composed primarily of interview Q & A's. The answers to the questions are throught-provoking and very considered, but just think what a lengthier book, with room to breathe, could achieve. There's a great little thesis in the final paragraph of the concluding essay that deserves a larger work, c ...more
Owain
Pretty sound debate on the Twin Towers attack in the broader context of Terrorism. It's a bit scattered as it's a selection of interview excerpts and so it doesn't really follow a narrative leading to a particular summary but all the points made are relevant. Chomsky discusses the US government's role as the largest terrorist around the globe and the subsequent backlash of terrorism they received in turn.

It's an acknowledge but not necessarily well-known fact that the USA armed and trained many
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Guswong
i am always paranoid bring this type of book over the boarder.
Mjaballah
This book might be too much for those hell bent on blaming Muslims, or Islam. Chomsky enlarges the context of the 9/11 atrocious events beyond "theology" to include the larger geopolitical and historical developments in the region. And again, Chomsky proves to be ahead of his time. Throughout the book he repeatedly calls for a rational and historically-inclusive reasoning of the causes, and constantly postulates pragmatic rather than precarious reactions.

Unfortunately the book suffers from lack
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Reinhold
Wie man in den Wald hineinruft ...

... so schallt es zurück", das ist die zentrale These dieses Büchleins von Noam Chomsky. Er hält sich nicht mit all den Verschwörungstheorien rund um den Anschlag des 11. Septembers 2001 auf, sondern erzählt über das Handeln der USA in den letzten Jahrzehnten. Er berichtet von den Terroranschlägen die durch den CIA in Zentralamerika und im Nahen Osten begangen wurden. Inhaltlich ist das Buch leicht verständlich und sauber recherchiert. Es kommen keine Zweifel an
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Joseph Suh
Although I disagree with most of what is compiled in this pamphlet, I give this book 3 stars because it gives one a perspective on the positions the far Left takes in conversations about American / Western foreign policy. That is not to say that there are differences on the Left about this sort of thing (e.g. Noam Chomsky [against practically all American / Western intervention] vs. Juan Cole [in favor of some interventions, like the one in Libya]), I find that it gives a rough outline to the ou ...more
Adam
This is my second book review, my first was on Buried Onions by Gary Soto. Now obviously by the name and author of this book, this book is WAY different than Buried Onions, they are two different genres, in two different areas in the U.S. This book(911) was a pleasure to read I found my self really interested in the book. I like the way the book was set up with one question and one answer. And all of the questions were really good ones, there were questions that a politician or someone who studi ...more
Donal Fhearraigh
I just re-read this coming up to the 10th anniversary of 9-11. The interview style book which seems to be the mainstay of Chomsky's publications now. They lend themselves to easy reading but can lack depth and suffer from over repetition.

This book, a collection of articles and interviews shortly after the 9-11 attack highlight a number of points:
- State terrorism as the main source of terrorism in the world (as opposed to it being the "tactic of the weak"). The examples used and oft repeated are
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Ryan
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Juan Manuel  Charry Urueña
Se trata de un análisis de uno de los más dramáticos hechos contemporáneos. La edición Kindle es muy defectuosa. Algunas de las cosas que dice el libro: Es la primera vez desde la guerra de 1812 que el territorio nacional se ha visto atacado. Estados Unidos no gobierna el proyecto corporativo de globalización. El término apropiado sería crimen. Guerra contra el terrorismo es simple propaganda. Estados Unidos es una de las culturas fundamentalistas mas extremas del mundo. Las reglas "neoliberales ...more
Christopher Rex
Chomsky is a total wimp w/ this book, which is basically reflective of his overall lameness in regards to any analysis of the 9-11 attacks. He never challenges any of the "official" story of 9-11, despite mountains of evidence that should compell him to do so. His entire 9-11 analysis (which is largely limited to this very short, narrow-scoped book) constantly trumpets the official line. He acknowledges the "truth" movement regarding 9-11 (though, not in this book), but quickly dismisses them wi ...more
Travelin
Noam Chomsky often sounds like a voice in the wilderness, especially in the weeks precisely following 9-11, so we should be grateful for an early voice of comparative reason.

Nonetheless, Dr. Chomsky comes across as alternatively over and under-prepared, not that anyone really could have been prepared for 9-11 and its aftermath.

My problem is, whether he is answering interviewer questions immediately following the event, or writing a summary article 8 months later, his answers are delivered like a
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نِجاد
الكتاب يفتح نافذة على جانب مخفي من الثقافة اﻷمريكية ، جانب يتميز بالنقد الذاتي و التحليل لكثير من اﻷمور التي قد تخفى عن الكثيرين ،سواء أكانوا مع أو ضد العقلية اﻷمريكية.
الكاتب في اعتقادي يتميز في قضية النقد الذاتي بشكل كبير، فالكتاب يحمل عنوان تشريح الإرهاب، الكاتب لم يذهب بعيدا و قام بتشريح ظاهرة الإرهاب مبتدئا بالإرهاب الذي تمارسه بلده اﻷم ،و هو ما سماه بإرهاب الدولة ،حيث تردد كثيرا في طيات الكتاب الحديث عن الكثير من الأعمال التي قامت بها الولايات المتحدة مما يصنف في خانة الإرهاب العالمي ، متسا
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Ryan
This collection of interviews of Noam Chomsky in the weeks after 9/11/01 brings me back to that time and that two years following. This was when the mainstream American media turned gutless and you had to go to the BBC and truthout.org to get anything resembling a full picture of what was going on in the world. Chomsky was very much behind this idea and should be commended for being a contrary voice when so many were toeing a line that was called patriotism but verged on blind obedience.

His per
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Aziz Fahad
نرى في هذا الكتاب آراء تشومسكي عن طريق عدة مقابلات وذلك بعد أحداث الحادي عشر من سبتمبر
يحمّل تشومسكي سياسات أمريكا مسؤولية ما يحصل في المنطقة ويحذرها من أن التدخل العنيف والمذابح التي ستقوم بها في البلدان الإسلامية ستكون أفضل خدمة تقدمها لبن لادن..
ويقول بأن أفضل طريقة هو اللجؤ للقانون الدولي للقيام بأي ردة فعل وتقديم الأدلة الواضحة على أن بن لادن وزمرته كانوا خلف هذه الأحداث..
كذلك يستعرض تاريخ سياسات أمريكا الدموية وغير القانونية في العالم..
Amine Amari
من الواضح أن تشومسكي يستبعد كون هجمات سبتمبر عملا مدبرا من عناصر داخلية، ويبدو أيضا أن ميولاته اليسارية تتغلب عليه في بعض الأحيان وتمنعه من رؤيةالحقيقة بوضوح أكبر: كمثال على ذلك وصفه لمسلمي البوسنة بعملاء أمريكا في البلقان!!! إلا أن الحق يقال فهو ممتاز جدا في تفكيك الموقف الغربي من الآخر ونقده، كما لا يخفى وقوفه في صف الضعفاء وإدانته لدول الغرب لدرجة وصفها بالإرهاب وخصوصا حكومة بلاده الولايات المتحدة.
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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century. H
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