The crisis in Kosovo has excited passion and visionary exaltation of a kind rarely witnessed. The events have been portrayed as a 'new humanism', timed fortuitously with a new millennium, which will displace the crass and narrow interest politics of a mean-spirited past.
But is this new humanism guided by power interests or by humanitarian concern? Is the resort to force undertaken 'in the name of principles and values', as professed? Or are we witnessing something more crass and familiar?
The New Military Humanism is Chomsky at his best: a brilliant and revealing analysis, offering lessons for us all and sounding a clear alarm which none should ignore.
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. He is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona.
1. In the name of principles and values 2. Before the bombing 3. Assessing Humanitarian Intent The Racak massacre defining atrocity Defining humanitarian concerns in the 90s: a small sample 4. The denial syndrome 5. The diplomatic record 6. Why force 7. World order and its rules Index