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Sunday July 29, 2007
POLITICAL ESSAYS
Ultra Eichmanns
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Under the Wednesday July 25th headline "Colorado Prof Fired
After 9-11 Remarks," AP reports [1]:
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WOW
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"The University of Colorado's governing board on Tuesday
fired a professor whose essay likening some Sept. 11 victims
to a Nazi leader provoked national outrage...."
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DOUBLE WOW
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"[Ward] Churchill's essay mentioning Sept. 11 victims and
Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann prompted a chorus of demands for
his firing...."
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OH, WOW
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The essay's titled "Some People Push Back: On the Justice Of
Roosting Chickens"; its URL is at [2].
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and
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The URL of "Ward Churchill Responds to Criticism of 'Some
People Push Back'" is at [3].
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Now for the gist of the matter.
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Hannah Arendt wrote in her book *Eichmann in Jerusalem: A
Report on the Banality Of Evil* [4]:
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"The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were
like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor
sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and ter-
rifyingly normal.
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"From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our
moral standards of judgement, this normality was much
more terrifying than all the atrocities put together, for
it implied...that this new type of criminal, who is in
actual fact *hostis generis humani* [an enemy of mankind],
commits his crimes under circumstances that make it
well-nigh impossible for him to know or to feel that he
is doing wrong." (page 276)
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Arendt speaks of the "hardly deniable possibility that
similar crimes may be commited in the future."
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"...whatever the punishment, once a specific crime appeared
for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its
initial emergence could ever have been.
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"The particular reasons that speak for the possibility of
a repetition of the crimes commited by the Nazis are even
more plausible.
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"The frightening coincidence
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of the modern population explosion with the discovery of
technical devices
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that...will make large sections of the population 'super-
fluous' even in terms of labor,
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and that, through nuclear energy, make it possible to deal
with this twofold threat by the use of instruments beside
which Hitler's gassing installations look like an evil
child's fumbling toys,
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should be enough to make us tremble."
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"If genocide is an actual possibility of the future, then
no people on earth...can feel reasonably sure of its con-
tinued existence...." (p 273)
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Arendt points to "...one of the fundamental problems posed
by crimes of this kind, namely, that they were, and only
could be, committed under a criminal *law* and by a crimi-
nal *state.*" (p 262)
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America was born July 4, 1776.
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America died August 6, 1945 while giving birth to
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THE SUPERPOWER and its Evil People
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Arendt wrote:
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"...the overwhelming majority of the German people believed
in Hitler --even after the attack on Russia and the feared
war on two fronts, even after the United States entered the
war, indeed even after Stalingrad, the defection of Italy,
and the landings in France." (p 98f)
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Germany had only one Hitler. In The Superpower, Wall Street
is rich enough to maintain a whole stable of fuehrers.
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[1} AP:
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070725/ap_ ... &printer=1
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[2] Essay:
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http://www.kersplebedeb.com/mystuff/s11/churchill.html
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[3] Response:
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http://www.kersplebedeb.com/mystuff/s11 ... ponds.html
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[4]
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Hannah Arendt
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Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
Revised and Enlarged Edition
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Penguin Books
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1994 [first published: 1963]
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312+ pages
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Paperback ISBN: 0 14 01.8765 0
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