Monday, April 24, 2006

Responding to an editorial criticizing anti-war protestors who disrupted Hilary Clinton's speech at Brown, English Prof. William Keach wrote a letter to the editor saying, among other things:

Are there any circumstances in which you would support the disruption of a public appearance by a wealthy, powerful politician who acquiesced to a genocidal war based on lies and imperialist arrogance?
Clearly, the man is simply unaware of what the word "genocide" means.

gen·o·cide, n. The systematic and planned extermination of an entire national, racial, political, or ethnic group.
No, it doesn't mean something along the lines of "war in which a lot of people died." And every national, ethnic, racial, or political group that existed at the outset of the war still exists today - in fact, the majority of Iraqis feel that their lives have improved since before the US invasion.

Thinking about this statement, you really has to wonder at the colossal idiocy that seems to afflict a large portion of US humanities academics. For the life of me I can't figure out how someone even remotely rational could write something like that.


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