By Noam Chomsky, Edward W. Said, Ramsey Clark
Via 3 separate essays, this booklet offers an in-depth research of U.S.-Arab kin, the contradictions and results of U.S. overseas coverage towards "rogue states", and the way adversarial American activities out of the country clash with U.N. resolutions and foreign legislations. Noam Chomsky compares U.S. overseas coverage to that of the "rogue states" which the us identifies as its enemies. Ramsey Clark argues that U.S. sanctions and army activities opposed to Iraq are indefensible, and in violation of the common assertion of Human Rights.
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Acts of Aggression by Noam Chomsky, Edward W. Said, Ramsey Clark