Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Someone Else Named Churchill Fighting For What He Believes

The name Churchill hasn’t been seen in newspapers this much since WWII. Prof. Ward Churchill is creating quite a stir in the media. I read his essay, his defense of his essay and his speech. It is amazing to see how much I can both disagree and agree with someone.


I strongly agree with his right to say what he said. In fact, I think he is a minor hero of mine for not backing down when they cancelled his speech. Filing a lawsuit to be able to say your opinion takes dedication and guts. You can tell he has a lot of conviction in what he is saying. The fact that a person no matter what he believes will stand against opposition, in this case a lot of opposition, and do what he believes seems to be rare now days. I think this is exactly the kind of thing America believes in and was founded on and that anybody trying to undermine his right to say this is a fool and merely practices circumstantial or convenient Americanism.


On the subject of his content, I agree with some but not most of what he has to say. It is hard to accept the writings of someone that claims we will be judged for all the deaths of the wars that America has been involved in. There has to be a time when killing is not undermining the moral fiber of our country, but instead actually living out our morals. It is a far stretch to condemn the killing of Germans and Japanese in WWI and WWII.


I agree with him that we were in a war long before 9/11 and that we have been very fortunate thus far. I reserve judgment on whether invading Iraq was the act of a 'warmonger' apparently obsessed with ‘killing the children’. I do not deny there has been a lot of death… but you cannot judge an event until you know the eventual outcome. My hope and belief is that the war in Iraq will bring them freedom from oppression (yes, they were oppressed) and that in the long run lives will have been saved and the quality of life improved. I am no professor and this is not a utopian world but I believe progress is possible.


2 comments:

"AG" said...

"There has to be a time when killing is not undermining the moral fiber of our country, but instead actually living out our morals."

A lot of people don't get that!

The Cure said...

Amen!