AUTHOR: Beth TITLE: Rage. Hatred. Ugliness. DATE: 1/28/2005 10:47:00 AM ----- BODY:
If you were in any way personally impacted by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, please do not read the following passage. If you read it anyway, please don't hold me responsible. I read this this morning on The Silver Fox's blog. It's from an essay by a man named Ward Churchill, who according to Dan is a faculty member at the University of Colorado.
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.
I have a lump in my throat after reading this. My heart is literally, physically pounding where I sit. My hands are shaking. There are tears in my eyes. That's how utterly upset that single passage made me. According to Dan, "If you have a strong tolerance for dogmatic stupidity you can read the rest of his piece," and normally I pride myself on my tolerance for the shocking, but this...I can't. I can't even expose myself to one more word of that poisonous, insane garbage. And it highlights for me yet again the political and social confusion in my mind. I find myself neither liberal nor conservative all of the time, but times when I read such a thing as the above, I find myself taking a strongly conservative side, the rhetoric of which is ubiquitous and so should be obvious. And yet I feel anger at this man as a liberal-minded person, at least part of the time, as well. Here is all the grist another hateful hack, Ann Coulter, needs for her propaganda mill. Here is the "ah-ha!" for any number of Limbaugh ditto-heads. Here is "proof", and here is the brush that I, as someone who opposes the war in Iraq and many of the actions of the Bush administration, will be painted with as well.