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Wednesday, February 09, 2005


Churchill's Stand

It appears that Ward Churchill is not going to go quietly into the night (via Little Red Blog):

Boulder - Met by wild applause Tuesday night from hundreds of supporters, controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill strongly attacked Gov. Bill Owens and the CU Board of Regents and said he would never back down from his comparison of some 9/11 victims to Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
"I do not work for the taxpayers of the state of Colorado. I do not work for Bill Owens. I work for you," he told the CU audience.
Umm...actually Ward, I think you sort of do work for Colorado taxpayers. Or maybe I misunderstand the funding of a public university. From whence does you salary come, Ward? I suppose it grows on the money trees that you all keep hidden in that ivory tower you're so dang proud to occupy?

In any case, I do think that the freedom of speech guaranteed by 1st Amendment should be limited to speech that does not directly call for American deaths. But hey, that's just me.

To be fair, I should also mention that he has...qualified...his statement. Here's what he originally said:

"If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way [than the attacks of 9/11/01] 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."
And here is how he begins to waffle:

"No I did not call a bunch of food service workers, janitors, children, firefighters and random passers-by little Eichmanns," he said. "The reference is to a technical core of empire - the technicians of empire ... obviously I was not talking about these people."
Well, I for one am glad to know that the food service workers, janitors, firefighters, random passers-by and children didn't deserve to die. But who, might I ask, were these "technicians of empire"? Were they the accountants? Investment bankers? Insurance company employees? Who?

Regardless of whom he might pick out of the crowd, the fact is that he not only condoned the attacks of September 11, 2001 as of "visiting some penalty" on the guilty, but he is calling for further such attacks. So, it's apparently ok for the good guys (Islamofascists) to kill the innocent in retaliation for the US being (supposedly) responsible for the deaths of Iraqi children...which were a direct result of the UN sanctions placed on Iraq after the first half of the Gulf War in the 90's. Humm. Last time I checked there was an Oil for Food program set up to prevent just such innocent deaths. Of course, we all know how that turned out...and who was to blame. But hey, Ward doesn’t need to back down because once, a long time ago, some Indian friend of his told him:

You understand our ways, you understand the values, you understand the issues. It's your job to take that which the creator gave you. and you follow that path. You make your words your weapons, and ... you never, ever back down,
Well, there you have it.


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