Osama bin Laden plugs Bill Blum book

You must have heard of the story by now. Twenty-four hours after Osama bin Laden told the world that the American people should read a book by little-known Washington historian, William Blum, "Rogue State" shot up from 205,763 to 26 on Amazon.com's index of the most-ordered books.

Like it took bin Laden so long to discover a book so critical of US foreign policy? The present blogger reviewed the book for The Socialist Standard in September 2000. A further edition of the book was reviewed in the April 2003 issue of the Standard.

Information Clearing House (see link to the right) carry a 40 minute C-Span video interview with Blum (you'll need Realplayer to watch this film, downloadable from this web page).

Sections of the book can be read here. And one chapter - War Criminals: Theirs and Ours - can be read on the video page quoted above.

Got a book that is not selling too well in Waterstones, WH Smith's and Borders? Send a free copy to Osama bin Liner and he'll plug it for free - though make sure it contains an attack on US foreign and domestic policy.

Rumour has it that George W has sent My Pet Goat to Afghanistan via Airforce One for Osama's appraisal (this being the enthralling story book which, having just been informed a second plane had slammed into the twin-towers, Dubya continued to read* with a group of school kids).

*Bush actually sat like this for 5 minutes after being informed of the second attack, and that gloopy look just about says it all: "Plane number three should be coming in just about....nnnnow."

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