"He was a nondescript bureaucrat who performed his job proficiently," he said.
Now to say that Eichmann didn’t kill anyone (evidently, Churchill would need photos of Eichmann strangling Jews with his own bare hands or shoving them into ovens) when he was responsible for seeing that millions of Jews went to the camps where they would be killed is to give Eichmann an enormous pass.
Churchill almost made Eichmann out to be a Renaissance man. "He knew more about Judaism than a lot of Jews." That, too, is deeply offensive.
And it is obscene to minimize Eichmann’s culpability, no matter how "banal" his personality may have been. He said, in his speech, that the "technocrats" in the Twin Towers had "full knowledge of the mass immiseration and death of millions of others" that their work was causing. Churchill has a bad habit of blurring colorations of culpability.
Nor is it pleasant that he referred in his piece to "the gallant sacrifices of the combat teams" that hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Churchill failed to grasp that because he seemed so taken with the fact Americans were finally getting "a tiny dose of their own medicine," as he put it in his essay. "[This] time the helpless aren’t, or at least are not so, helpless as they were. He took pains, at first, to distinguish between those he meant to single out as "Little Eichmanns" and those he did not mean to implicate. Their responsibility for any deaths caused by immoral policies of the U. government is extremely remote, indirect, and attenuated, at best.
He ends the article first by quoting Lawrence Fishburn in The Cotton Club, saying, "You’ve got to learn that when you push people around, some people push back." "As they must. "There is justice in such symmetry." Hard to deny that he is calling 9/11 justified. It’s pretty obvious at this point that they were secular activists." Osama bin Laden’s terrorists did not turn out to be the kind of avengers Churchill supposed. "This time, somewhere, perhaps in an Afghani mountain cave, possibly in a Brooklyn basement, maybe another local altogether—but somewhere, all the same—there’s a grim-visaged (wo)man wearing a Clint Eastwood smile. He never included "the janitors, food-service workers, random passersby, or the 18-month-old" who died on 9/11 as part of the "Little Eichmanns," he said. Here are the cold words from his essay, and notice the disdain he heaps upon the victims who have just been incinerated in the towers.But according to the Colombia Encyclopedia, he was a zealous Nazi and was promoted in 1939 to be "chief of the Gestapo’s Jewish section."Eichmann promoted the use of gas chambers for mass extermination of Jews in concentration camps, and he oversaw the maltreatment, deportation, and murder of millions of Jews in World War II," the encyclopedia says."When they deny me the right to speak, they deny you the right to hear," he said. He denounced "the Bill O’Reillys of the world," and he said that the attack against him is politically motivated, part of an agenda set by Newt Gringrich and Lynne Cheney, and that agenda is to restrict points of view that are available to the public. He said his article was an "attempt to explain what had happened" on 9/11. And in his speech he listed those ghosts, beginning with the 500,000 Iraqi children killed by economic sanctions in Iraq, which Madeleine Albright, then US ambassador to the UN, said was worth the price.Then he launched into a defense of his essay " ‘Some People Push Back’: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens," focusing on his critique of U. The media were instantly spinning the attack as senseless, he noted, "but it occurred to me that this was not happening by accident." Writing just hours after the attack, Churchill said he believed, as Malcolm X had said right after JFK was assassinated, that the "chickens were coming home to roost," that the ghosts of U. He then mentioned the Palestinians, who have had their land taken by the Israelis and who have had to live under degrading and destructive occupation for three decades.But the more I heard him talk, and the more I thought about the words of his essay, the more uncomfortable I became. Justifying Terror, Then Denying It In his speech, he strenuously denied that he justified the attacks of 9/11 in his essay."I never used the word ‘justify.’ I didn’t justify anything," he said.They were "lesser Eichmanns, little Eichmanns." He compared them to the railway conductor who knew where the passengers on the trains were going and what was happening to them there and to the Zyclon B manufacturer, who knew the quantities he was producing could not be for regular industrial use.Churchill claimed that Eichmann "didn’t even believe in the policy" of the Nazis.And it is obscene to make parallels between someone who consciously planned and eagerly implemented a policy of genocide on the one side, and on the other, investment bankers who had no direct role in planning or implementing U. That’s even harsher than in his essay, where he said they may have been ignorant, but ignorance is no excuse. In response to questions at the end, Churchill in essence called all Americans killers. "We all are." But to call everyone in America a killer is to put those who are directly responsible for immoral acts in the same dock with every lowly taxpayer.He said he was asked on Clear Channel recently whether he had ever killed anybody. to change this karmic cycle and to stop this terrorism. " "If you want to end the hatred towards the US, stop killing other people’s babies," Churchill said. Here Churchill dives straight into the waters of collective punishment.