He writes [excerpts]:
These excerpts fairly, I think, represent Professor Churchill's thinking. To be fair to him you should follow this link and read the whole thing.
* My point is that we cannot allow the U.S. government, acting in our name, to engage in massive violations of international law and fundamental human rights and not expect to reap the consequences.
* I am not a "defender"of the September 11 attacks, but simply pointing out that if U.S. foreign policy results in massive death and destruction abroad, we cannot feign innocence when some of that destruction is returned. I have never said that people "should" engage in armed attacks on the United States, but that such attacks are a natural and unavoidable consequence of unlawful U.S. policy.
* I mourn the victims of the September 11 attacks, just as I mourn the deaths of those Iraqi children, the more than 3 million people killed in the war in Indochina, those who died in the U.S. invasions of Grenada, Panama and elsewhere in Central America, the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, and the indigenous peoples still subjected to genocidal policies. If we respond with callous disregard to the deaths of others, we can only expect equal callousness to American deaths.
* I have never characterized all the September 11 victims as "Nazis." What I said was that the "technocrats of empire" working in the World Trade Center were the equivalent of "little Eichmanns."
* It should be emphasized that I applied the "little Eichmanns" characterization only
to those described as "technicians." Thus, it was obviously not directed to the children, janitors, food service workers, firemen and random passers-by killed in the 9-1-1 attack.
* The bottom line of my argument is that the best and perhaps only way to prevent 9-1-1-style attacks on the U.S. is for American citizens to compel their government to comply with the rule of law. The lesson of Nuremberg is that this is not only our right, but our obligation. To the extent we shirk this responsibility, we, like the "Good Germans" of the 1930s and '40s, are complicit in its actions and have no legitimate basis for complaint when we suffer the consequences.
You can now judge the Professor's own words, not just what has been written about him. By all means do so. He thinks he's been unfairly characterized. I don't.
I am not surprised if people in many parts of the globe would respond callously or even gleefully to the 9/11 attacks. I certainly would not expect an American who holds a position of responsibility to do so. Of course, he reminds us, he never actually said that the American people "should" rise up to overthrow their government, but if they serve the government he sees them as "little Eichmanns," and if they don't as "good Germans," who deserve any violence directed against them.
I omitted the part some might find most offensive: where he invokes the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy to justify his position.
The professor will be holding a news conference this evening. FOX plans to cover it.
Here is a fuller exposition of Professor Churchill's views. This purportedly is the talk he planned to deliver at Hamilton College.
Robert K. C. Johnson has a nicely balanced post on this subject on Cliopatria over at History News Network. He makes an important point regarding academic irresponsibility and ineptitude when he writes concerning the threat of politicians to intrude on the internal affairs of Colorado University:
...to borrow one of Professor Churchill’s phrases, this is in some ways a case of the chickens coming home to roost. It’s clear that large segments of the political class in Colorado lost confidence some time back with the ability of the Colorado administration to handle educational matters—on issues ranging from the football recruiting scandal to what seemed to be a willful blindness to a lack of intellectual diversity on campus. An administration that had performed more competently in the past might have been given greater leeway to handle this matter quietly.