Friday, January 28, 2005

The Justice of Roosting Chickens

On February 3rd, at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where parents pay almost $40,000 a year for their children's liberal arts education, in the name of "academic freedom", those children will listen to Ward Churchill, a teacher of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado. This is the same person who, on September 12, 2001, in his "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens", described "gallant sacrifices" of the "combat teams" that struck America's heart the day before, and that those Americans who died that day got what they deserved.

This passage is from "The [Pentagon] and those inside comprised military targets, pure and simple. As to those in the World Trade Center: Well, really. Let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break. They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire--the 'mighty engine of profit' to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslaved--and they did so both willingly and knowingly. If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I'd really be interested in hearing about it."

1 comment:

  1. Hamilton pretends to have been caught flat-footed by the controversy that has erupted, but there is really no excuse. Churchill’s record is well known, and as I’ve mentioned, these remarks were published one day after the attack on the Twin Towers. Either Hamilton did a poor job of vetting him before the invite, or they thought they could sneak this in under the radar, or they really don’t care what the public thinks.


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