Hannity, Just Answer the Question

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The April 6th Hannity & Colmes program on FOX was announced as a debate between Ward Churchill and David Horowitz. According to the FOX News web site it was really a debate between Churchill and Horowitz and also Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes. Anyone who has studied the works of Churchill knows that he could take on a hundred Hannities so the fact that this debate placed Churchill against 3 opponents is not important. Nor is it important that no normal rules of debate or discourse were followed. I have never seen Hannity debate anyone. His normal method is to interrogate rather than converse with anyone that holds a view that is different from his. His style of interrogation is, in my opinion, designed to prevent any view other than his own from being expressed. He is a master of ad hominem attacks.

In the April 6th program a new low was reached. Hannity questioned the "soul" of Churchill. The implication of course was that anyone who does not agree with Hannity on the war must have a deficiency of their "soul". In spite of the Hannity tirade Churchill made some important points. Part of Churchill’s argument was that the families of the dead Iraqi civilians should be shown some compassion. Churchill challenged Hannity with this point. The point that Churchill made is still hanging out in the airways and waiting for an answer from Hannity or anyone else at FOX. The quote below is taken from the FOX News web site.

"…CHURCHILL: Have I heard an apology from anyone offended with what it was that I had to say, which was to try to establish that a fundamental reality is they were no less valuable, no less human, no less immiserated than anyone on 9/11? The only real distinction in that regard is there’s a whole lot more of them…"

Churchill was again making the same point that he has made hundreds of times before in his speaking and in his writings. That point is that the Iraqis we refer to as "collateral damage" are also human beings. Also human are the 500,000 dead Iraqi children that Madeline Albright referred to when she said their deaths were worth it to advance USA policies.

Many in the US, Hannity is not alone in his view, prefer to think of the slaughtered Iraqi civilians as some lesser form of humanity. Churchill challenges that view at every opportunity. So do I, and so do millions around the world. The idea that there are lesser forms of humanity has been offensive to most on the planet since 1940 Germany. That is one era in history from which we should have learned.

It is normal Hannity style to throw a trick question at his guest and then when the guest tries to answer in some detail, Hannity prevents it and shouts, "Just answer the question." Now I will reverse that process and ask Hannity to, "Just answer the question." Just answer the question that Churchill asked while on the program. Churchill asked Hannity if he would apologize to the families of the slaughtered Iraqis.

"…CHURCHILL: Right after your apology to the Iraqis who have lost loved ones, Sean. And that predates what it is you’re talking about. I’m still waiting for your apology…." (FOX News)

I do not expect Hannity to offer an apology to the people of Iraq. History has shown that those who believe in a superior race do not often apologize for their atrocities.

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Rosemarie Jackowski is an advocacy journalist living in Vermont. She was arrested, tried, and convicted for her participation in a peaceful protest of the war. The conviction was appealed and overturned in the State Supreme Court. The government then announced plans to retry the case. Finally, after years of legal proceedings, all charges were dropped. She contributed this article to Media Monitors Network (MMN) from the US.

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