Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Further Discussion of Churchill's Article

In Some People Push Back, (available at the Dark Night Press and Ratical - note that these versions are different) written shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Ward Churchill presents an impassioned argument that the attacks were unsurprising and even understandable. Many years - centuries, if you take the crusades themselves as the beginning - of conflict with the "Christian West" have resulted in extremely devestating circumstances in the Arab world. Including, "deliberate genocide", as denounced by former U.N. Assistant Secretary General Denis Halladay. Something that Madeliene Albright, "calmly announced that she'd decided it was 'worth the price' to see that U.S. objectives were achieved."

He does indeed, as you may have heard, liken the american people to the German people under the Nazis, which, given the circumstances, is a relevant comparison; few, if any, spoke out against such actions, in Germany or in America.

The comparison to Eichmann is too far, but everyone who doesn't speak out against these crimes, when informed of them, is complicit. Which includes myself.

The basic point of the article seems to be, to me, that one can't go around bullying people all the time and expect for none to strike back. Maybe we should, like, not bully people anymore.
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