Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Prof who stepped in it steps aside

It's interesting to see how quickly things happen these days. University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill wrote an essay immediately after 9-11 in which he said that the people that hijacked those jets and flew them into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center were "combat teams." Yesterday, as a result of the furor raised by the essay -- as well as a number of "credible death threats" -- Churchill resigned his position as chairman of the school's ethnic studies program.

The most interesting thing to me in all of this is that Churchill claimed that the 9-11 attacks were in direct retaliation for the actions of the U.S. in Iraq in the early 90s; specifically the economic sanctions imposed on Iraq and the killing of Iraqi children in a 1991 bombing raid.

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