Friday, February 11, 2005

My take on Ward Churchill 

If you don't know who Ward Churchill is, this post isn't going to interest you much. So, I'm not going to explain all the background.

I just want to quote him at his most offensive. Many of you have already read his words, so bear with me. There's a point at the end. And now, Churchill:

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. Recourse to "ignorance" – a derivative, after all, of the word "ignore" – counts as less than an excuse among this relatively well-educated elite. To the extent that any of them were unaware of the costs and consequences to others of what they were involved in – and in many cases excelling at – it was because of their absolute refusal to see. More likely, it was because they were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cell phones, arranging power lunches and stock transactions, each of which translated, conveniently out of sight, mind and smelling distance, into the starved and rotting flesh of infants. 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.
What I would like to know is this: If these "little Eichmanns" in the "technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire" were guilty of myriad small acts "which translated ... into the starved and rotting flesh of infants," making these people guilty enough to deserve death, then what of Churchill's role in the process? As a professor, he has undoubtedly assisted in the education of many little Eichmanns who kill babies by eating lunch and buying stock in Johnson & Johnson. If Churchill really believes what he wrote (and he's showing no sign of backing down), then he's a hypocrite of the highest order by continuing to prepare students for their Nazi futures.
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