Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
A picture of militarist Dr. Ward
Churchill from Google Images. The
caption to the photo identifies the
armed, black-clad men in back of
Churchill as security guards from
the American Indian Movement.
The rostrum indicates that the site of
this--I presume speech--as some university.
There is no way that a private security force
should have been allowed at a speech by a university-
employeed professor on a public university campus
site. This is like Hell's Angels providing security for
The Rolling Stones. If Dr. Churchill feared violence
then he should have requested and most importantly
the university, should have provided him with campus
The focus of the posts here on the Churchill firing has
been on the conduct and lack of action taken by
the University of Colorado in the face of compelling
evidence that they negligently hired Dr. Churchill
and then compounding that error retained him and
did nothing in the face of compelling evidence that
Churchill was psychologically unbalanced and
potentially dangerous. In a previous post we
published a photo of Dr. Churchill carrying an
assault rifle and dressed in combat fatigues and
a beret. The photo above is more evidence that
Dr. Churchill's flagrant militarism was flagrantly
ignored by the University. This is Public Occurrences.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
tenured professor but he was the head of an
Of course Churchill, supposedly a transgen-
Whether the allegations against Professor
are and that is a damning condemnation of
Perhaps for other universities this scandal
More recently a successor head coach, Gary
C.U. is the face of the state's higher education
system. Yet time and again it has embarrassed
its state. This is Public Occurrences.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
which deserved more careful study from the rulers, political
and military, of the Allied Powers [than Mein Kampf]. All was
there--the programme of German resurrection, the technique
of party propaganda; the plan for combating Marxism; the
concept of a National-Socialist State; the rightful position of
Germany at the summit of the world. Here was the new
Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but
pregnant with its message."
-Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
This page strongly supported the attack on Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein. We supported it as a battle in the larger struggle with Islam. We strongly opposed the Bush Administration's policy of using American soldiers to nation build post-war Iraq and so we opposed continuation of the war after Saddam Hussein was captured. In our view that was the mission to be accomplished and American lives lost since then have been in vain.
We opposed the mission of creating a democratic state in Iraq to serve as a beacon for the rest of the Arab world not because we dislike democracies or beacons but because we felt that even a casual survey of the terrain revealed the Tigris and Euphrates Valley to be infertile soil for planting democratic seeds.
President Bush has continued with his policy. We hope that he succeeds but see less chance of that now than we did when Hussein was captured. The cover story on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the June issue of The Atlantic reveals the religious-like faith that the president and Secretary Rice have in democracy--for Iraq and everybody else. The president is a born-again Christian and Rice, whose nomination for Secretary of State we opposed, is strongly religious also. Their religious views have effected their foreign policy, to its detriment, in the view here.
Philip Zelikow a member of the administration's National Security Council, "often described as the secretary's 'intellectual soul mate' is quoted in The Atlantic as saying,
"Democracy, for Secretary Rice, I think, and for [the administration] is a universal safety valve for social conflict. And as they confront parts of the world in profound social and political crisis, they prescribe democracy."
That is the problem, or rather those are the problems. A humbler foreign policy team would not conclude that our way is necessarily the best way for all people, nor would a wiser team. As the article points out Secretary Rice need look no further for evidence against her universal prescription of democracy than the disastrous elections on the West Bank that brought Hamas to power, elections that Rice insisted on despite counsel that they were premature. Or she could ask her personal Arabic interpreter Gamel Helal. When asked by The Atlantic's writer what it's like to translate words like "freedom" and "democracy" which are so loaded with western meaning into Arabic, Mr. Helal said,
"In the Middle East, they look at things and ask, Is it halal or haram, Is it approved by the religion or not? If you go to a Bedouin society and you tell them that the state will determine how you're going to settle a conflict between you and your cousin, you must be out of your mind, because the most important and powerful tool to them will be tribal law, which is unwritten."
The problems with the Administration's Iraq policy are a lack of American humility, and religion--the religious zeal of the President and the Secretary of State, and the religious zeal of the Iraqis. Religious zeal demands faith in the face of conflicting evidence. It prescribes its way for other people who might be unreceptive. There is also a fundamental tension between religious faith and democracy, as evidenced in Mr. Helal's Bedouin example.
Winston Churchill wrote in his history of World War II that one of the causes of the war was American insistence on a democracy for post-Versailles Germany rather than a constitutional monarchy, which was preferred by Hindenburg. In Churchill's view the monarchy would have provided a stabilizing anchor for an angry people and would have lessened the chance that that anger would be translated into the election of angry leaders. The United States did not make that same mistake with post-World War II Japan. For just Churchill's reasons Japan was allowed to retain its emperor. Humility and wisdom would make today's facts and history's lessons the guides for our foreign policy but humility and wisdom are not guides for the fervently faithful. Only faith is. This is Public Occurrences.