Ah, the sweet, sweet taste of the opposition. I have been waiting for so long for someone with balls to rail against the neo-conservative movement of imperialist mass murder and global domination. Finally, an academic mind worthy of merit, Prof. Ward Churchill. Here is man worth listening to, at least for a hour, and a man I would truly like to have a beer with. Unfortunately, Prof. Churchill's position at Colorado University is in danger because of an essay he published on 9/11 and the resulting wars.
Here are some of Prof Churchill's so-called "controversial" statements in his essay Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens, as reported in the Rocky Mountain News, 2/8/05 (I have no qualms with RMN, excellent journalism):
1) The attacks on Sept. 11 were "a natural and inevitable consequence of what happens as a result of business as usual in the United States. Wake up."
2) "The most that can honestly be said of those involved on Sept. 11 is that they finally responded in kind to some of what this country has dispensed to their people as a matter of course."
3) The Sept. 11 attacks were in retaliation for the Iraqi children who were killed in a 1991 bombing raid and for economic sanctions imposed on Iraq by the United Nations following the Persian Gulf War.
4) Hijackers who crashed jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11 were "combat teams," not terrorists.
5) The people killed inside the Pentagon were "military targets."
This man may lose his job because of these statements. For myself, I cannot fathom living in a country where the people do not fight for free speech and take steps to preserve our individual freedoms. No one's position, especially a tenured professor whose job is the disbursement of knowledge and opinion, should be in jeopardy for what he/she says. This is simply wrong.
The attacks on our liberties that we've endured under the current administration are heinous crimes. The Bush/Rumsfeld War Machine, along with the International Perpetual Global War Corporation, must be stomped out of existence by the hoards of free thinkers who truly want to live in peace with freedom of expression. I stand with Ward Churchill.
The students at the Colorado University are indeed fortunate to have Churchill and, as evidenced by recent attendance at his press conference, many are obviously supportive of his position. Booyah, Ward, Booyah!