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WARD CHURCHILL ON 9-11 Notes on Ward Churchill’s 2003 book, On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminality ( Oakland, CA: Ak Press). The back cover of the book indicates that Ward Churchill is a Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is a Keetoowah Cherokee and a member of the Colorado branch of the American Indian Movement. Among his many authored and edited books, of special interest for anthropology is A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present (San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1997) . He has also written about racism, Marxism, and many other topics. A primary purpose of the present book is to explain why 9-11 happened. Churchill doesn’t deal with any deficiencies on the part of any components of the government of the U.S. in preventing 9-11. Instead, he looks to the motives of the perpetrators. In the first chapter he quotes the Bible: “As ye sow, so shall ye reap” (Galations 6:7). His argument is that the 9-11 attack was not a senseless and unprovoked targeting of the innocent from the perspective of the terrorists , despite the spin of the U.S. government and mainstream media. Instead, the attack focused on paramount symbols of America’s military and economic imperialism that has caused so much death, destruction, and suffering throughout the world. In particular, he cites the consequences of the sanctions on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq that sacrificed the lives of half a million children from starvation and disease as well as the lives of many adults. He also mentions the unjust massacre by the American military of many thousands of Iraqi soldiers fleeing from Kuwait on the road to Basra at the end of the Persian Gulf War. As another example,
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2011 for the course PACE 345 taught by Professor Brucebarnes during the Spring '10 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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