Professional academia has been buzzing about the case of Ward Churchill, a University of Colorado Indian Studies professor whose writings compare New York City’s 9-11 victims with Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann. As the Governor of Colorado, that state’s legislature, and the University of Colorado regents line up to criticize him for endorsing Al Qaeda’s acts of international terrorism, Professor Churchill also appears to support extending their murderous tactics to the targets of domestic animal-rights terrorists.
In the essay that got him into trouble, Ward Churchill wrote shortly after 9-11 that thousands of Americans died in the World Trade Center because of the “gallant sacrifices” of Al Qaeda “combat teams.” The professor continues:
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.
This may have been Ward Churchill’s first absurd comparison of everyday Americans to Hitler’s Nazi party. But it wouldn’t be his last.
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