Friday, March 11, 2005

Ward Churchill: In His Own Words

If you only tune into Fox News sporadically, you've heard the controversy surrounding University of Colorado Professor Ward Churchill. He's the one who referred to the people who wore business suits to the Twin Towers on 9/11 as "little Eichmanns." (I swear we could invade Iran or Syria and Churchill would still be the lead on the O'Reily Factor.)

While his comments concerning these "technocrats" were simplistic and dehumanizing, his overall point is sound: If the U.S. continually violates international law and relies on aggression and usury to achieve its foreign policy objectives, then terrorism against the U.S. will be a common occurence in the future.

Here's Churchill's basic points via Z Magazine. They're much easier to swallow in print than while watching him speak.

The problem with Churchill is that, to my knowledge, he hasn't argued against fanatical Islamism. Rather, he wrote of the "gallant sacrifices" of the "combat teams," not terrorists. Unforgivable. I have no doubt that U.S. foreign policy had much to do with 9/11. Yet the fanatics that attacked the Twin Towers and the Pentagon are not freedom fighters. They are terrorists intent on driving back their own populations into an oppressive time warp to the glory days of the Caliph and a fundamentalist interpretation of the Qu'ran. What is important to note is that because of U.S. foreign policy, the Muslim masses look up to these Islamists as a vanguard against U.S. imperialism. The only way to knock off these blinders is for U.S. foreign policy to change -- a point Mike Scheuer a.k.a Anonymous, former head of the CIA's Bin Laden unit, makes all the time. If not, assholes like Churchill will stand correct, not corrected.