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February 06, 2005

Oh. By the Way. Ward Churchill Is a Liar

As of February 2005:

Ward Churchill Statement: I am not a 'defender' of the September 11 attacks, but simply pointing out that if U.S. foreign policy results in massive death and destruction abroad, we cannot feign innocence when some of that destruction is returned. I have never said that people 'should' engage in armed attacks on the United States, but that such attacks are a natural and unavoidable consequence of unlawful U.S. policy."

As of September 2001:

Some People Push Back: "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.... 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.

Ward Churchill's saying that those in the WTC were "little Eichmanns," that their death in the WTC was a "befitting penalty," and that he cannot think of a "better, more effective, or... any other way" of imposing such a penalty--if that isn't an endorsement of the September 11 attacks, I confess I cannot imagine what an endorsement of the September 11 attacks would be.

Posted by DeLong at February 6, 2005 05:16 PM