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February 05, 2005

"Some People Push Back": On the justice of roosting chickens

When queried by reporters concerning his views on the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963, Malcolm X infamously replied that it was merely a case of "chickens coming home to roost."

In the early months of the year 2005, a few more chickens - along with outraged families of victims of the September 11th attacks and millions of Americans and good people around the world - are coming home to roost in a very big way within the life of University of Colorado professor, Ward Churchill. It would seem that the hateful professor is not only at risk of losing his job, but is actually receiving death threats.

Could a proponent of Churchill's "justice of roosting chickens" argue against that justice when the chickens roost on Churchill himself?

I wonder.

Posted by Jeff at February 5, 2005 01:52 PM


Do-gooders, leftist leaners, Greenists, environmentalists, and liberals-in-general are quick, nay, eager, to point the finger at the financial empirisistic/military complex US as the source of the world's, and specifically, third world nations, woes. It is the US' fault that all these other countries are in the state they're in now.
The US is to blame for Saddam Hussein gassing his own people to death; the US is to blame for the Rawandan genocide; the US is to blame for Slobodan Milosovic's egomanical slaughter of those different than whom he designated as acceptable; the US is to blame for Kofi Anan's oil for food program; the US is to blame for global warming; the US is to blame for - well, you name it.
Finger pointing, conclusion jumping, weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth over the evil US by liberals and their ilk has become an Olympic sport at which they are all gold medalists.
Where was the public outcry amongst the angst ridden "Peace At Any Cost" groups when Daniel Pearl was beheaded? How many tears shed for those contractors trying to help Iraq into the 21st century when they were slaughtered and their bodies displayed on bridges like so much carrion? Where was the anger, the calls for justice when others were similarly butchered by those barbarians (who some likened to the American forefathers)? No, it's much easier to look at the use as the center of all that is bad and to equate it and its leaders as shills of some global conspiracy bent on quashing and silencing anyone who dares speak out...at least according to those who believe so.
Why is it acceptable for someone like Ward Churchill to speak out with his treasonous rhetoric and not so for those who wish to disagree with him?
My suggestion? If other countries and life styles are so attractive, then why not move to those countries and help them out? I dare say that if Mr. Churchill and some others had said detrimental things about a Muslim based nation whilst in those nations that they'd have been summoned before a Islamic court, tried and executed scarce before the US could rush to stop such an unwarranted provocation.
Speak out if you will. Some certain things: there are two sides to the story (not just Mr. Churchill's); people are still coming to live in and become citizens of this country not the reverse; my freedom of speech permits me to call Mr. Churchill and those who agree with him traitors just as his freedom allowed him to label WTC victims as "little Eichmans." And I will, too.

Posted by: Walter Skinner at July 13, 2006 11:46 AM

From your entry:

"Could a proponent of Churchill's "justice of roosting chickens" argue against that justice when the chickens roost on Churchill himself?"

Damn... I haven't read Churchill's essay or book on the Roosting of Chickens yet, but I've heard him speak. I tend to agree with him (so I probably don't agree with most of the points you make on your blog), but I think you may be onto something with the point you made above.

Adios. :)

Posted by: Alan at October 8, 2007 08:56 AM

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