After the cataclysm, postwar Indochina and the by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman

By Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman

Dissects the aftermath of the warfare in Southeast Asia, the refugee challenge, the Vietnam/Cambodia clash and the Pol Pot regime.


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The destruction of the land and the social structure far surpassed anything in the industrial democracies subjected to Nazi attack and occupation. There are still no reparations or aid from the United States, and only very limited assistance from elsewhere. The most severe natural catastrophes in many decades have caused further havoc, as have conflicts of an extremely serious nature between Vietnam and Cambodia, and Vietnam and China. These conflicts the United States regards with satisfaction.

Leaders had painfully learned a lesson familiar to their predecessors: a conscript army is ill-suited to fight a colonial war with its inevitable barbarism and incessant atrocities against helpless civilians. S. creation against its Vietnamese enemies. S. S. “nation-building” efforts. D. S. policy of refugee generation created what Senator Fulbright called “a society of prostitutes and mercenaries”—and the caricature of civilisation produced in South Vietnam by the American way of war is what now accounts for the collapse of a state that never had any economic, political or social basis except that provided by the Americans.

S. domination, a development of enormous historical significance, illustrated in many ways. One has to do with the topic of our study. During the period we reviewed, Latin America was a primary center of torture worldwide. No longer. The extent to which that has changed is revealed in an important study by the Open Society Foundation that reviewed global participation in the CIA program of extraordinary rendition. This program, initiated by George W. S. 8 Virtually the entire world participated: the Middle East, of course, because that was where the selected torturers were, and most of Europe.

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