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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Fateful Triangle by Noam Chomsky. Chomsky examines the origins of this relationship and its meaningful consequences for the Palestinians and other Arabs. The book mainly concentrates on the Lebanon War and the "pro-Zionist" bias of most U.
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Wendy Yes, if you think history is relevant. Also, it's been updated to include more recent events like the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in See 2 questions about Fateful Triangle…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. After reading several of Chomsky's books, I have more and more respect for this author and thinker.
He is a meticulous historian and political analyst, and his critics should read his works before attacking him. This book is a compendium of facts, figures, quotes, and analysis that comprise the truth behind the complicated politics of the Middle East. Chomsky is an honorable follower to the likes of Orwell, and cuts through all the media campaigns, falsehoods, lies, and general misinformation per After reading several of Chomsky's books, I have more and more respect for this author and thinker.
Chomsky is an honorable follower to the likes of Orwell, and cuts through all the media campaigns, falsehoods, lies, and general misinformation pertaining to the Middle East and its conflicts.
The book is a tough read, and is more like a disgorgement of information from a mind that has researched the topic at hand for years with meticulous effort.
Around half of the book follows general Israeli policy and politics, as well as Palestinian politics and American foreign policy. The other half is about these policies as they pertain to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and Chomsky knows his stuff, there is no doubt about that. Every claim, every statement, every quote, and every fact is scrupulously cited.
He is not in the business of convincing or converting, he is distinctly in the business of telling the truth the best he can. As for the people who question why they should read this book, as much of it is about an old war, and old politics? My answer is because it is important.
Without this knowledge how can you possibly have an opinion regarding the on goings in the Middle East? These facts and the figures in the political scene were the same as they are now. To understand the conflicts, you must give this book a read. I cannot recommend it highly enough. This book should be required reading in all of the West. Jun 29, Gary rated it did not like it. This is clearly a work of the most extreme and obnoxious hatred against all Israel's men , women and children and is filled with prejudices and untruths.
It is in fact an extreme form of incitement against the Jewish nation akin to Meim Kampf and the Elders of the Protocols of Zion. View 1 comment. Apr 29, Andrew rated it it was ok. I was very optimistic opening this book and was not very pleased. I find Chomsky's tone frustrating throughout the entire book. He writes not to convince, but simply to ridicule you if you have any shred of doubt in his argument.
That being said, his citations are very disorganized, requiring that one spend a great deal of time in the library just to check their legitimacy. It is not that I don't agree with his final analysis, which I do with only minor reservations. I just find him to be a bad I was very optimistic opening this book and was not very pleased. I just find him to be a bad writer. Jan 23, Mutia is currently reading it. Rollins The Fateful Triangle is a fact-filled, insightful look at the "special relationship" between the United States and Israel.
Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at M. Concentrating mainly on Israel's invasion of Lebanon, Chomsky provides a wealth of ideas and information in conflict with the Zionist mythology which reviewed by L. Concentrating mainly on Israel's invasion of Lebanon, Chomsky provides a wealth of ideas and information in conflict with the Zionist mythology which pretty much predominates in the mass media and academia.
The result is a devastating debunking of one-sided Zionist propaganda. The pro-Zionist bias of most American journalists and scholars is one particularly obvious aspect of the aforementioned "special relationship. Liberty, an attack which, according to Chomsky's count, left 34 American crewmen dead and another 75 wounded. Chomsky asks, "Can one imagine that any other country could carry out terrorist bombings of U. But he debunks the attempt by some die-hard Zionist apologists to blame such criticism on-get this-media bias against Israel!
As Chomsky shows, there was and is no widespread anti-Israel bias in the American mass media, although there was, temporarily at least, a reduction in the usual degree of pro-Israel bias. As Chomsky writes: The charge that the Americtan media were "pro-PLO" or "anti-Israel" during the Lebanon war-or before-is easily unmasked, and is in fact absurd.
It suffices to compare their coverage of the oc cupied territories, the war, the treatment of prisoners, and other topics, with what we find in the Hebrew press in Israel, a com parison always avoided by those who produce these ridiculous charges. Again, the annals of Stalinism come to mind, with the outrage over Trotskyite "critical support" for the "workers' state. Chomsky has himself been a victim of defamation by the Anti- Defamation League and knows whereof he speaks.
It is somewhat unusual for an American author, especially a Jewish ones to blow the whistle on the ADL's propaganda antics. But it is even more unusual to see public criticism of bigfime "Holocaust" survivor and pseudo-saint Elie Wiesel and his Wiesel words regarding Israel's less lovely activities. Regarding Israeli policies in the occupied territories, for example, Wiesel has said: What to do and how to do it, I really don't know because I lack the elements of information and knowledge You must be in a posi tion of power to possess all the information I don't have that in formation, so I don't know We should not pass judgment until the investigation takes place.
In fact, Wiesel has said, "I support Israel-period. I identify with Israel-period. I never attack, I never criticize Israel when I am not in Israel. One wonders how Wiesel will weasel out of this contradiction in his position. In any case, as you may have noticed, Chomsky does not dispute the historical reality of "the Holocaust. It should be noted that while Chomsky is highly critical of Israeli policies and actions, he is not fundamentally anti-Israel. He supports "a two-state political settlement that would include recognized borders, security guarantees, and reasonable prospects for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
Chomsky also criticizes the American policies which make Israeli rejectionism possible. And he points out the hypocrisy involved in criticizing Israeli policies while supporting their subsidization with billions of dollars of American aid each year.
As Chomsky puts it: Clearly, as long as the United States provides the wherewithal, Israel will use it for its purposes. These purposes are clear enough today, and have been clear to those who chose to understand for many years: to integrate the bulk of the occupied territories within Israel in some fashion while finding a way to reduce the Arab population; to disperse the scattered refugees and crush any manifestation of Palestinian nationalism or Palestinian culture; to gain control over Southern Lebanon.
Since these goals have long been obvious and have been shared in fundamental respects by the two major political groupings in Israel, there is little basis for condemning Israel when it exploits the position of regional power afforded it by the phenomenal quantities of U. Complaints and accusations are indeed hypocritical as long as material assistance is provided in an unending and ever-expanding flow, along with diplomatic and ideological support, the latter, by shaping the facts of history in a convenient form.
Even if the occasional tempered criticisms from Washington or in editorial commentary are seriously intended, there is little reason for any Israeli government to pay any attention to them. The historical practice over many years has trained Israeli leaders to assume that U.
Series: Chomsky Perspectives. A devastating indictment of American and Israeli foreign policy which covers a sustained period of Middle East history. Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in history and has profoundly shaped contemporary understanding of American politics. An ally of anarcho-syndicalists the world over, he has authored numerous books on linguistics, history and politics.
Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians
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Chomsky examines the origins of this relationship and its meaningful consequences for the Palestinians and other Arabs. The book mainly concentrates on the Lebanon War and the " pro-Zionist bias" of most US media and intellectuals, as Chomsky puts it. The book was updated in and contains three new chapters, drawing upon material from Z Magazine and other publications. New developments that have been incorporated include the First Intifada , Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and the ongoing peace process.