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In his review of my book Interventions (Book World, Sept. 2), Jonathan Rauch condemns me with “flights to a separate reality,” giving four examples.

The first is the charge that Washington bombed Serbia “not to prevent ethnic cleansing but to impose Washington’s neoliberal economic agenda.” The charge is not mine. I quoted high officials of the Clinton administration directly involved in these events. See page 179 of the book.

Next, “North Korea’s counterfeiting racket may actually be a CIA operation.” The statement is not mine, but is from the respected Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The third is my observation that the invasion of Afghanistan “was undertaken with the expectation that it might drive several million people over the edge of starvation.” That is precisely accurate. Published estimates were that the numbers at the edge of starvation increased by 50 percent to 7.5 million. That is why aid agencies bitterly condemned the bombing, joined by leading Afghan opponents of the Taliban.

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Noam Chomsky /  ©2016