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Reflections On The Justice Of Roosting Chickens: Consequences of American Conquest and Carnage: Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminality [Paperback]

Ward Churchill
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1 Jan 2004 1902593790 978-1902593791 annotated edition
In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks Americans looked out at the world and asked themselves "why do they hate us?" With uncompromising clarity and resolve, Ward Churchill uses a complete history of US military actions (1776 to the present) and illuminates the US' relationship with international law to present the more appropriate question, "how could they nothate us?"

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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press; annotated edition edition (1 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902593790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902593791
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 834,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is quite simply the most thorough Catalogue of U.S. Atrocities & Crimes I've ever read. Not only is every U.S. overt & covert intervention (particularly more detailed post WWII) catalogued, but possibly every U.S. veto, semi-veto & major rejection of U.N. resolutions (both UNSC & UNGA) & violations & rejections of international law.

From the overthrow of democracy & installation of brutal dictators in Iran in '53, in Guatemala in '54, in Brazil in '64, in Indonesia in '65, in Greece in '67, in Chile in '73, to the the millions of lives lost in direct (& proxy) intervention: 3 million in Korea, 3.5 million in Vietnam, 1 million in Cambodia & Laos (before Pol Pot), 1 million in Indonesia & East Timor, 500,000+ in Latin America, 1.3 million in U.S. led Iraq sanctions, etc.

One of the compelling reasons to get this book is the fact that each single piece of information in it is 98.8% guaranteed to be backed up by irrefutable evidence, because in 2005-2006 Ward Churchill was investigated by the Standing Committee on Research Misconduct at the University of Colorado after comments he made about 9/11. According to Noam Chomsky, the committee's fine tooth-combing through Churchill's work amounted to a 'Witch hunt'.

Churchill was charged with multiple counts of academic misconduct, including four counts of falsifying information, two counts of fabricating information. What's so telling about this, particularly relating to this book - besides from the fact that almost anyone, even the most conscientious & diligent researcher could be found guilty of such things (simply by losing a source) - is that he was only found guilty of SIX counts of falsifying or fabricating information in 2006!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Review 2 Feb 2005
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
It seems that due to the highly inflammatory atmosphere surrounding the author in the media right now that many ill-informed customers have been posting reviews. As someone who has read the book cover to cover I can say that it is a highly valuable tool in placing US foreign policy in context. As for the outrage the book supposedly has caused amongst conservatives, Churchill's social criticism is aimed at liberals and "radicals" in the US who seem confused as to the nature of state violence and have failed to force the government's hand to comply with International Human Rights Standards. The assembled chronologies are truly breathtaking and warrant serious reflection. Whether or not readers agree with every aspect of Professor Churchill's analysis they should decide for themselves as they will get a much different picture than the one that has been painted over the last week or so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Justice of Roosting Chickens (AK Press, 2003) 5 Feb 2005
By Concerned Citizen - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a chilling 172-page "chronology of criminal comportment" documenting the true underpinning of US legalistic pretentions between 1945 and 2003 and exposes the lethal, mind-numbing efficiency with which the US has repeatedly violated international law in the past, and continues to do so in the present. A steller and eye-opening book, to put it simply.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing, well-researched book 2 Feb 2005
By Book Boy - Published on Amazon.com
In the media furor that has swirled around this book, one thing has become increasingly clear: few people have read the darn thing. Most people seem to be quoting the distorted newspaper articles that have appeared in the last few weeks. This book, based on Churchill's essay "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens," is not an attempt to "excuse" the 9-11 attacks. Rather, it tries to figure out why they happened, and why Americans seem unable to understand why there's so much global anger directed our way. Using two detailed chronologies, Churchill recounts a long and sordid history of U.S. military assaults on other nations, millions of foreign civilians slaughted by our tax dollars, as well as countless violations of international law perpetrated by our government. Given this well-documented litany of abuse, Churchill's argument that some sort of response was--and is--inevitable makes perfect sense. Read the book!
57 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but true 3 Feb 2005
By Preston C. Enright - Published on Amazon.com
Ward Churchill's opinion is shared by many in the CIA, and that is the US will experience "blowback" for its policies. It shouldn't surprise us that this country has some people who behave like "little Eichmanns," after all, US policy planners hired 1500 Nazis through "Operation Paperclip." We also have a mainstream media that is shaped and censored by the Pentagon (NBC is owned by the weapons contractor GE) which feeds us endless stories of how the empire is "liberating" the world. Ward Churchill documents the reality we often divert our attention from. Fortunately, the controversy around Churchill has sent his book sales skyrocketing, proving that the minds of "Good Americans" aren't as closed as they've been trained to be.
71 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 30 Mar 2005
By A. Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
I'll make an admission up front: until the recent brouhaha regarding an out-of-context quote by Professor Churchill, I had never even heard of the guy. That's not uncommon, as most of us in the academic world toil in relative obscurity and rarely know much about what other academicians are doing outside of our own narrow specialties. Suffice it to say, with the issue of academic freedom on the line I felt compelled to at least read the original essay that caused so much disdain among America's right-wingers and to follow that up with some reading of his more scholarly work. Hence, I chose to pick up "On the Justice of Roosting Chickens" and find out for myself what all the fuss was about.

Having now read this book, I'm willing to give it a top rating. The essays are well-written and thoroughly documented, and the chronologies of US military interventions since the Declaration of Independence and of US double-standards and outright violations of UN resolutions since its inception are invaluable. Those features of the book give the lie to the commonly held myths that ours is a "peace loving nation" and a nation dedicated to "upholding laws". Historically, we've been neither, it pains me to say.

Reading this book will not make you feel good. It will likely leave the reader angry, frustrated, and/or depressed - and that is the point. If this book can convey to its readers even an inkling of the pain that has been inflicted upon both our own people and those in developing nations by our own government in our own names, then the author has done his job. The one hope we have as a society of averting a state of perpetual war is to increase the level of empathy that US citizens have towards their counterparts elsewhere. Alternative histories such as Churchill's (along with of course Chomsky and Zinn) are important precisely because they do invite readers to challenge their assumptions and to see our potentially great nation through others' eyes.
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