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The Outrageous Statements of Ward Churchill

An apologist for the mass murder of working class people at the World Trade Center is Ward Churchill.
Ward Churchill said of the September 11th terrorists and mass murderers:

"They did not license themselves to "target innocent civilians".

“There is simply no argument to be made that the Pentagon personnel killed on September 11 fill that bill. The building and those inside comprised military targets, pure and simple. As to those in the World Trade Center . . .?

“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.? From “Some People Push Back? Ward Churchill

Churchill, give us a break. Bin Laden was a product of billions of dollars in U.S. / CIA intervention against the people of Central Asia. He had the same disregard for human life as his CIA creators when he used planes full of civilians to murder thousands of people, including many innocent working class people at the World Trade Center.

When I went to Nicaragua in the 1980s it was ruled by a popular revolutionary government that had overcome the butchers of the U.S. imposed Samoza family and was facing the mass murder of the U.S. organized and financed Contra War. Yet I was greeted by the Nicaraguan people as a friend, not as an enemy or little Eichman of the empire as Churchill would characterize the American working class. So many people came to me to tell me that I had to go back to the United States to tell the truth because as they saw it, if the Americans truly knew what the U.S. government was doing to the people of Nicaragua, they would outraged and stop it.

An apologist for that mass murder of Nicaraguans by the CIA was Ward Churchill with his false claims against the Sandinistas.

Likewise an apologist for the mass murder of working class people at the World Trade Center was Ward Churchill.

The Sandinistas made a revolution against the murderous U.S. installed and backed Samoza dictatorship without the philosophy of Gandhi. Nonviolence against that U.S. puppet government would have only gotten them killed.

Yet tactics of violence in other than self defense, and often even in self-defense, will generally only get you killed in America at this stage in the revolution here.

Unlike Churchill in his academic Ivory Tower, the revolutionary people of Nicaragua in the 1980s knew that the American working class was a potential ally in the struggle against imperialism that needed to be convinced, not blown up. The Nicaraguans saw from their own experience under the Samoza dictatorship that governments often do not represent the people and they saw the American people’s struggle against the U.S. war of aggression in Vietnam as a possibility that could be repeated.

Unfortunately the U.S. succeeded in destroying the popular and democratically elected government of Nicaragua through a long dirty war (terrorism), blackmail of more war, and massive intervention in their elections.

Churchill was on the wrong side then and he is on the wrong side now. He is a petty bourgeois academic scoundrel that is getting publicity because of his outrageous statements while many better people in America, especially but not limited to Arabs, are loosing their jobs and being imprisoned for their beliefs.

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Re: The Outrageous Statements of Ward Churchill

A question was asked off line of the possible missing portion of the quote from Churchill:

"As to those in the World Trade Center . . .?.

This is how it appears in Churchill's full text as I have found it online and apparently does not denote missing text.

what are you on about?

from what I recall, ward churchill was against the forcible movement of indigenous peoples in nicaragua by the sand. govt. I don't see why this makes him a scoundrel. yes, the right wing used anyone's arguements against the sandanistas as REASON to overthrow, but that's no reason not to criticise a government when they are doing the wrong thing. Secondly, though I am happy you got to spend time in nicaragua, can yo please address the issue of good germans and how good americans are any different????

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1. Churchill's claims against the Sandinistas were false.

2. Good Germans, good Americans, good Canadians... whatever. I don't participate in such liberal double-speak. The enemy is the U.S. government and the capitalist class, not the American people.

who makes the government?

you say the problem is the us gov and the capitalist class. who willingly works with both? who gives their authority to both? you talk as the governement and capitalist class are abstractions. they aren't. people willingly take part in the system and when offered education or solutions for change--typically don't. it's like people who willingly participate in a racist system who then shrug their shoulders saying, sorry for the system but I'm not prejudiced so don't blame me.

Re: The Outrageous Statements of Ward Churchill

Actually the American working class does not willingly give authority to the capitalist class and its government. That government and system maintains its power through lies and all kinds of coercion from economic survival to direct repressive violence against workers and others who fight back.

Likewise the German people were the first victims of the Nazis. The capitalist class of Germany put the Nazis in power to crush a rebellious working class.

Violence against the innocent people of the World Trade Center was a crime. The fact that a few of the many were not innocent in their roles with finance capital does not change this.

Re: The Outrageous Statements of Ward Churchill

"Either way, for most Indians, sarkar [government] is very seperate from public [the people]. ... In the United States, on the other hand, the blurring of the distinction between sarkar and public has penetrated far deeper into society [further than the elite and government]." -- Arundati Roy


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