multiculturalism, anti-Americanism, and the meaning of peace

Torture. The last four years of Bush have been pure torture. Listening to self-professed progressives and (pr)oponents of peace rant, rave, and howl at the moon, er, oval office has not been easy for me… Who am I kidding—it’s been great!

I've loved every minute of it. It seems as though Bush has been the number one catalyst for every democratic and progressive cry of desperation heard in the past four years. After the last great hope for mankind (the CCCP), fell to capitalism, the left has been bereft of an ally to root for against the worlds #1 Imperialist nation. Luckily there are plenty of enemies out there who love to hate Amerikkka too.

Torture is learning that many Americans actually hate America and what it stands for. Take ethnic studies professors for instance:

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. -Ward Churchill, 'Anti-American Fascist and Ethnic Studies Professor'

It takes a disciplined mind to write that the victims of 9/11 were not 'innocent', but were in fact part and parcel of the whole American/Capitalist/Nazi "mighty engine of profit," that deserved the heroic act of resistance Mohammed Atta's 'combat teams' accomplished in David-v.-Goliath fashion the very day Ward wrote this. (Apparently on 9/11.)

He paints a vivid picture of the average investment banker/war criminal 'braying incessantly and self-importantly into his cell phone'... just begging for retribution, eh? I get the sense that Ward hates America more than he deplores violence. And that he hates capitalism above all. That's just my guess though.

Reading Ward's entire essay is fascinating for what it reveals about where the inexorable logic of liberalism will eventually take you. That there is no evil (a banal concept in itself we are told), except America. In fact, that might be the number one commandment, or catechism of the truly left. You can look at the institution of Multiculturalism and Ethnic Studies departments on college campii as a kind of priesthood, as a sect of liberalism, and Ward as a priest of that knowledge.

To Ward every evil in the world is due to American policy. Every act of violence (however justified and 'humanitarian' as the 9/11 attack) is due to a preceeding act of violence perpetrated at the hands of a white european or a descendant of such. Thus the key to ending the cycle of violence is to remove the perpetrator, the oppressor, the powerful, ...the USA. You see it everywhere in his writing, indeed in much of the multicultural materials he no doubt teaches.

Did America deserve 9/11? Judging from the words of many democratic activists, the answer is a resounding yes. America's foreign policy is to blame. America is to blame for all the poverty and torture by totalitarian governments that exist throughout the world. Once you reach this conclusion there is only one course of action to take. Complete surrender. Ah, finally. Peace.

Either way, it's [the 9/11 attack] a kind of "reality therapy" approach, designed to afford the American people a chance to finally "do the right thing" on their own, without further coaxing.

Were the opportunity acted upon in some reasonably good faith fashion, a sufficiently large number of Americans rising up and doing whatever is necessary to force an immediate lifting of the sanctions on Iraq, for instance, or maybe hanging a few of America's abundant supply of major war criminals (Henry Kissinger comes quickly to mind, as do Madeline Albright, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton and George the Elder), there is every reason to expect that military operations against the US on its domestic front would be immediately suspended.

Whether they would remain so would of course be contingent upon follow-up. By that, it may be assumed that American acceptance of onsite inspections by international observers to verify destruction of its weapons of mass destruction (as well as dismantlement of all facilities in which more might be manufactured), Nuremberg-style trials in which a few thousand US military/corporate personnel could be properly adjudicated and punished for their Crimes Against humanity, and payment of reparations to the array of nations/peoples whose assets the US has plundered over the years, would suffice.

I think we've finally found the research director for all of Michael Moore's films.

Clearly Ward Churchill is an enemy of the United States. An enemy who should be free to speak, but should not be allowed to do so on any campus funded by taxpayer dollars.

Posted by Eric Simonson at February 10, 2005 1:37 AM