Wednesday, March 09, 2005

 

Ward Churchill--little Eichmann?

I wonder if folks are aware that the institution from which Ward Churchill draws his $90,000 + a year salary has active connections to such things as the Department of Defense? Not to mention all of the venture capital resources listed on that link. Wouldn't that, by the fact that he accepts paychecks from said institution, make Ward Churchill himself a technocrat and therefore a "little Eichmann," by his own definition?

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 [Diana Trent's emphasis] – 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.

Ignorance is no excuse, Ward. While you were busy braying self-righteously to anyone idiotic enough to come within 10 feet of you, you were, by cashing your paychecks, responsible for "the starved and rotting flesh of infants." Must be because of your own "absolute refusal to see."

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