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Gene Genovese And Our Criminally Reckless Wars

Eugene Genovese (1930-2012) was an accomplished and influential historian of the United States whose professional and personal trajectory carried him from the radical Left to a distinctive form of conservatism. As a young man, he was a card-carrying communist. He ended up a devout Roman Catholic. His contributions to scholarship were legion and his impact on our understanding of slavery and on Southern slaveholders massive.

Genovese did not place a premium on getting along with others. Instinctively combative, he was a cantankerous colleague who never hesitated to say what he believed. Giving offense he considered a plus.

While teaching at Rutgers in 1965, he participated in one of the very first Vietnam “teach-ins.” The purpose of teach-ins was to educate those in attendance about the Vietnam War, then just kicking into high gear, and also to mobilize opposition. Among the scholars who spoke at this event, which commenced at midnight on April 23 and continued past dawn, Genovese was interested less in instruction than incitement. In a passage for which he would become infamous, he declared that “unlike most of my distinguished colleagues here this morning, I do not fear or regret the impending Viet Cong victory in Vietnam. I welcome it.” Here was provocation on steroids.

Genovese’s remarks unleashed a political furor that lasted for months, as patriotic personages up to and including former vice president Richard Nixon demanded that he be fired. In a victory for academic freedom, Genovese did manage to keep his job—although having caused a rather large migraine for the Rutgers administration, he soon enough picked up stakes and headed off to greener pastures elsewhere. Institutional gratitude did not figure into his hierarchy of values.

In welcoming a communist victory in Vietnam, Genovese had—no doubt with malice aforethought—violated two fundamental tenets of this nation’s prevailing belief system: first, that war is a moral proposition, pitting good against evil, freedom against slavery, the God-fearing against the godless; second, that when the United States enters any war, the cause for which Americans fight is by definition a righteous one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Genovese was right on both counts here; there is no "moral rightness" in the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan; Iraq; any of the invasions of Africa; or Syria; this was all about money and resources; regime changing countries in order to expropriate natural resources to which the US had utterly no moral right; have them processed by multi-national centric companies not unfavorable to the US; and only sold in US dollars.

And please remember; the US is aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen as I type this. And just in case you are dealing with a really bad case of SMD (selective memory disorder), let these images remind you of US complicity in Saudi war crimes (warning; these are graphic, to a "lose your lunch" point, but need to be posted, and seen.)

The Saudis are killing and maiming innocent children with their bombing runs.
The US military is providing "guidance" for these strikes.

images: Yemeni children killed and maimed through Saudi bombing strikes
Yemeni children killed or maimed for life from Saudi bombings
Yemeni children are being starved to death through malnutrition, because of US-Enabled, Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports:

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, due to Saudi port blockades in Yemen

Yemeni children dying of starvation, courtesy of US-enabled blockade of its ports

Saudi coalition using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen
Deformities in Yemen suggests that the US military has supplied the Saudi military with depleted uranium weapons.

The result of this use of DU is causing massive rises in cancer rates; stillbirths, and horrific deformities of Yemeni children:

And yet, apparently, the Royal House of Saud; the Saudi government; and the US government, are perfectly comfortable with poisoning Yemeni children in the womb, and destroying not only their lives, but their families' lives as well. If there is a more cruel form of child abuse, I cannot imagine what that is.

And please DON'T start with me about "collateral damage"; in my world, there is none. Just non-combatants caught up at the wrong place, in the wrong time.