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On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminalityby Ward Churchill
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The United States has long been considered a deadly foe by the inhabitants of its ever-expanding "spheres of influence." In Reflections on the Justice of Roosting Chickens, Churchill examines the toll U.S. policies have taken on civilians around the world and the role activists are (or aren’t) playing to stop the carnage. The Western world was stunned to wake up on 9-11 to find that the Third World had "pushed back." By ignoring the suffering and loss of life of their victims while grieving over our own, Amercans have made themselves complicit in their government’s global slaughter. In a heartwrenching recount, Churchill reminds us of the untold millions who have perished as a result of U.S. military intervention (in either a physical, diplomatic or economic sense) in Iraq, Cambodia, Palestine, East Timor, the Americas . . . and the list goes on.
To further illustrate his point, included are annotated chronologies of U.S. military actions from 1776 to the present and a compilation of International Laws either broken or ignored by the United States. Comprehensive, yet remaining concise, this book cannot be overlooked by those still asking: "Why do they hate us?"
"Few are as eloquent or as able to maintain lucidity for the lay reader as is Churchill."—Bloomsbury Review
"Ward Churchill has carved out a special place for himself in defending the rights of oppressed people, and -exposing the dark side of past and current history, often marginalized or suppressed. These are achievements of inestimable value."—Noam Chomsky
Ward Churchill is co-director of the American Indian Movement of Colorado, a national spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, and an associate professor of American Indian Studies and Communications at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Author of more than a dozen titles, he is also an indefatigable lecturer on government repression, American Indian affairs and global politics.
Book News Annotation:
Echoing Malcolm X commenting on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Churchill (American Indian studies, U. of Colorado at Boulder) sees September 11th as "the chickens coming home to roost." Anticipating the shock such a sentiment is likely to elicit from Americans largely ignorant of the role of their government in the world, he seeks to preempt America's "collective, narcissistic self exaltation" (in the words of Daniel Goldhagen) by presenting two comprehensive chronologies of U.S. military actions at home and abroad from 1776 to 2003 and of U.S. "obstructions, subversions, violations and refusals of international legality" since World War II. A brief introductory essay considers issues raised by America's collective ignorance and the failure of the left to adequately confront U.S. violence and illegality.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An examination of America's violent legacy and the realities we are ignoring.
Reflections on the Justice of Roosting Chickens. The consequences of American conquest and carnage.
Cultural Writing. The record speaks for itself: The "Most Peace-Loving of Nations" has been engaged in brutal military campaigns in every corner of the globe, unceasingly, since its inception. In attempting to forever alter Americans' false self-concept, Ward Churchill has meticulously chronicled U.S. military campaigns and attempts to violate, obstruct and/or subvert International Law. Chruchill is professor of American Indian Studies and chair of the department of Ethnic Studies at UC Boulder, and a member of the leadership council of the Colorado American Indian Movement. His books from SPD include LIFE IN OCCUPIED AMERICA, FANTASIES OF THE MASTER RACE and DOING TIME: THE POLITICS OF IMPRISONMENT.
About the Author
Ward Churchill is co-director of the American Indian Movement of Colorado, a National Spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, and an associate professor of American Indian Studies and Communications at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His books include Agents of Repression, A Little Matter of Genocide and Fantasies of the Master Race. His lecture series published by AK Audio also includes Pacifism and Pathology and Doing Time.
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