City of Roses
|Alicat, I seriously doubt Churchill hates America. After all, why would he probably have lied about being a Native American?
But seriously, like I said, I didn't ever know this guy until this made the news last week, but what I can say is that reading the transcript from his Tuesday evening lecture at the University of Colorado, I think the whole claim he "hates" America is just another spin Fox News and others have developed.
I remain in staunch disagreement with his arguments, and I'm not theilled with the comparisons he makes to another sensitive and troubling time of world history, but I believe what he's really been arguing is that it wasn't suprising 9/11 happened because of how certain repressive U.S policies may have affected others around the world and influenced these negative vibes.
He said Tuesday to the Associated Press before his presentation that he mourns for everyone killed on 9/11 and could have explained himself better, and was referring to what he calls "technocrats" or those who support or influence these repressive systems of immoral policy as the "little Eichmanns". Though I hate to see him make comparisons like that in which are too extreme to agree with, I believe he's accurate otherwise at this point.
He also said during his presentation that his essay did not refer to children, firefighters, janitors or people passing by the World Trade Center who were killed during the attacks. I believe that too. It made total sense when he said, "Let's begin with the children. Yes, they were innocent. And I mourn them. But they were not more innocent than those half-million Iraqi children."
I do not disagree with him there. What offends me and seperates me from Churchill in particular is his use of comparisons in his language, and his opinion, according to this source, that "more terror attacks may be necessary to radicalize Americans to fight the misuse of U.S power."
That particular statement is what nauseates me most of all. In saying that, I don't believe he's actually praying for more attacks, but it's still sickening and faithless to hear that, for there have been administrations here in recent years that still are negligent to the basic needs and qualities of all Americans such as instating a living wage for all Americans, universal health care, etc. because we're so stuck on foreign policy, but I believe with all my heart America is a very decent country despite the problems we still deal with and most Americans do care and are interested in holding who they elect, or maybe not, accountable and responsible. I believe that statement derogatizes and takes that away from those majority of Americans who do care.
That's stupidity, that's unnerving, but it's also not a firing offense, and though I believe some of his opinions are quite offensive, I don't feel it as "hate speech" to America, and at least only to those in the government who abuse their power.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"