Jewish World Review March 1, 2005/ 20 Adar I, 5765
Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder
Send Ward to a ward?
One of the differences between the United States and Britain is that the nit-wits there spout off in Hyde Park, and in America we make them professors and give them $114,000 a year, enabling them to pass along their nonsense to our children.
Ward Churchill is a professor at the University of Colorado who has accumulated much press because of a scheduled appearance thankfully canceled at New York's Hamilton College. After discovering that he had written an essay whose title, Some People Push Back On the Justice of Roosting Chickens was a combination of Malcolm X's remark when asked by reporters for a comment on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, "...it was merely a case of 'chickens coming home to roost' " and actor Lawrence Fishburn's line in the movie The Cotton Club, "You've got to learn, that when you push people around, some people push back."
Aside from the insensitivity of the Malcolm X quote and the banality of the Fishburn quote which as any kindergarten teacher can explain is the philosophy of four year old children in the case of the Kennedy assassination, he was of course, inaccurate as to the motive swirling about the demented brain of loser-cum Marxist-cum lunatic Lee Harvey Oswald.
Churchill's appearance at Hamilton College was canceled in cowardly fashion. The college did not have the collective guts to come right out and say that they would not aid and abet this hate-filled, twisted individual in spreading his venom, under state auspices no less, to young people. Churchill's appearance was canceled under the rubric of it being a public safety issue.
We were not really surprised at this. Academics have never been known for their courage or frequently even for their ability to function in the real world. One is reminded of Shaw's comment: Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.
But Churchill, who is by the way, an outspoken Native American activist, so proud of his heritage that he changed his name from Keetoowah Band Cherokee to Ward Churchill, seems to not allow facts to stand in the way of his judgments.
For those who can hold their noses long enough to read through Churchill's essay, the overwhelming thought must be, "How in the world could someone whose thinking is so shallow, so patently limited in ability to understand history, so twisted with hatred, and whose logic is so buried in dialectic nonsense, ever be in a position where he could pass along this clap-trap posing as history?"
The fault, in what can charitably be called his analysis, is that he disassociates cause and effect, picks out bits of history, simply ignoring that which preceded or caused it. History, a la Churchill picks up at a starting point any starting point that supports his beliefs.
For instance Churchill whines about the Allies' "strategic bombing campaign' (the foregoing words, we suppose, put in quotes to emphasize that it was a cover-up phrase for wanton destruction) against Germany during World War II." Of course there was indeed a bombing campaign against Germany and its cities from 1940 to 1945. But what was its cause? Who first began the bombings of populations? He forgets the Nazi bombing of the Spanish town Guernica in 1933, the bombing of Rotterdam in 1939, both similarly defenseless and of no military value. When Britain entered the war there was an unspoken understanding that the capital cities of England and Germany would not be bombed. The Nazis decided to bomb London. The German revisionist history says the bombing was a mistake, that they intended to murder other Brits, not Londoners. Thus began the bombings of London and Berlin. What is not in dispute is that the indiscriminate mass bombing of civilian populations was a Nazi invention.
Churchill refers to the First Gulf war as a "holocaust" and comments about our troops, "It was a performance worthy of the Nazis during the early months of their drive into Russia."
Churchill has picked up the narrative of this war as if our troops were there for target practice and a sunburn; he overlooks the fact that most of the civilized world supported our efforts. Somehow, he sweeps under history's carpet the cause of American youth going in harm's way - the invasion of Kuwait and Saddam Hussein's cruelty and aggression that included his use of torture and poison gas.
Turning to September 11, he calls the murderers "combat teams", "soldiers", and noted "That they waited so long to do so [kill 3000 innocent people] is ...more than anything a testament to their patience and restraint" and believed that they "manifested the courage of their convictions". The victims? They were among others "...little Eichmanns."
Churchill refers to the American people as a "Perpetrator Population" and goes on to the slander America, its institutions and those who serve and protect us. What puzzles us is the fact that Churchill is still here in this country. Given his mind set, we make him an offer that he should find irresistible. We will buy him a ticket anywhere he chooses to go away the further the better from America. The only caveat being that it will be a one-way ticket and ... he agrees not to return.
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