A LITTLE MATTER OF GENOCIDE by Ward Churchill
First, I must say, this is quite probably the single most footnoted, citationed book I have ever read; so for anybody seeking to FACTUALLY counter Churchill’s contentions, they first have Churchill’s immense mountain of historical source material with which to surmount.
Apparently, from what I have been able to glean on the Internet, the publication of this book has won for the author many enemies, and caused him to have to endure much suffering, both vocationally and personally.
I can certainly see why.
All Churchill does is to document that the genocide of the Native Americans by the past and present American government was worse than the holocaust of Jewish people perpetrated by Hitler’s Nazi regime; oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, he also documents how shockingly common it is for leading modern-day Zionist spokespersons to do the exact same denial-of-the-facts thing in reference to the Native American Holocaust that these Zionist spokespersons are always accusing modern neo-Nazi “Holocaust deniers” of doing. So the message of this book is extremely incendiary indeed, and the forces that Churchill is factually offending here are quite politically powerful. Little wonder the guy has been the target of much persecution for having published this in 1997.
This book is actually a collection of stand-alone essays, so there are no chapters, so to speak, and so there is not much chronological or topical cohesion between any two of them. This fact, along with the fact that Churchill writes in a very academic style obviously intended first and foremost for the inspection–and the grilling–of other academic types, renders this book to be not a remarkably enjoyable read for the recreational reader. But for ideological non-academic dissidents like myself, the unpopular factual history presented herein, and the overall iconoclastic outlook of Churchill, make this well worth reading, and well worth keeping on the shelf for reference–because most modern Americans–especially self-professed Bible-believing types like myself–simply will never believe what hideous, grotesque genocidal attrocities their “God-breathed” country and countrymen have done in the past.
For me, easily the most interesting essay came at about the mid-point of the book, and it is the one which dealt most specifically with the historical events of the 1800s U.S.A.-perpetrated genocide of the Native Americans. The essays both before and after this one dealt more with current ideological arguments made about that genocide, or about the nature and definition of the word “genocide” itself. But the historical essay in the middle was by far the most enjoyable–not that it didn’t sicken me in quite a few parts. What I found enjoyable was that here I was reading actual, utterly shameful U.S. history that had been heretofore hidden from my eyes. But now it wasn’t hidden from me anymore. That’s what I liked about this book.
And, what I also liked about this book is that it is a beautiful, fact-loaded reference tool for showing idiot “Christian patriot” types why it is that patriotism in any form or degree is idolatry, and why Christianity should never be mixed with politics at all, ever, and why none of the past bastards who did any of this to the Native Americans and who called themselves Christian were in fact Christian at all–oh, they were patriots, all right, and they were also murderous servants of Satan, just like today’s “Christian Dominionists” and John Hagee acolytes and their ilk.
Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ