Saturday, July 19, 2008

in sports parlance, a late hit

But still Jonathan (Big Con) Chait takes issue with Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine.

"Like every conspiracy theory, Klein's account of the fate of the world finally lacks internal logic. She points to one instance of American soldiers dismembering Iraqi passenger planes, inflicting "$100 million worth of damage to Iraq's national airline--which was one of the first assets to be put on the auction block in an early and contentious partial privatization." If the point of the war was to hand control of Iraq's state assets to American corporations, wouldn't American troops be protecting those assets instead of destroying them?"

I've not read Shock Doctrine, but I have read Chait's book, and he's a formidable writer.
It's still a bit curious that a review comes up this late. What's up TNR?

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