Relate the huge (understandable) public outrage when a Native-America professor lectured us about how many "little Eichmanns" there were in the Twin Tower when the Saudi Arabs flew our planes into them to:
Yemeni cleric advocates killing US civilians
Associated Press, 5/23/10, CAIRO "An American-Yemeni cleric whose Internet sermons have helped inspire attacks on the U.S. is advocating the killing of American civilians in a new al-Qaida video. In a video posted Sunday, al-Awlaki justifies civilian deaths by accusing Americans of intentionally killing a million Muslim civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan." (The U.S.-born al-Awlaki moved to Yemen in 2004 and is in hiding there.)
Most Americans are too busy to care about who or how many we murder.
There are personal problems, family financial worries, and lots of extra difficulties living in a society run for and by capitalists. Then there is sports news to keep up with and other mind relaxing activities. This was the case, as well during the fifteen years of our homicidal activity in Vietnam and its neighboring countries. Nothing different from today. Why should Americans be targeted for death merely because they are too busy to inform themselves about what their government is doing in their name and with their tax dollars?
However, is it logical for Americans to go on killing Muslims and not expect more dangerous blowback. Have not enough Muslims already proved their capacity to blow back - suicidally if necessary? This despite the Vietnamese and others not having reacted similarly?
The term "little Eichmanns" is meant to say we are not innocent before the law for our ignorance in not supervising America's criminal behavior toward the rest of humanity, even toward our own children.
Chris Hedges gives this strange sounding "little Eichmanns" term its broadest and most logical implication of for a "final solution' for Mankind in his article , BP and the 'Little Eichmanns, 5/17/10 Truthdig:
"Cultures that do not recognize that human life and the natural world have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond monetary value, cannibalize themselves until they die. They ruthlessly exploit the natural world and the members of their society in the name of progress until exhaustion or collapse, blind to the fury of their own self-destruction. The oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico is part of our foolish death march. It is one more blow delivered by the corporate state, the trade of life for gold. But this time collapse, when it comes, will not be confined to the geography of a decayed civilization. It will be global.
Those who carry out this global genocide-men like BP's Chief Executive Tony Hayward, who assures us that "The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume''- are, to steal a line from Ward Churchill, "little Eichmanns." They serve Thanatos, the forces of death, the dark instinct Sigmund Freud identified within human beings that propels us to annihilate all living things, including ourselves. These deformed individuals lack the capacity for empathy. They are at once banal and dangerous. They possess the peculiar ability to organize vast, destructive bureaucracies and yet remain blind to the ramifications. The death they dispense, whether in the pollutants and carcinogens that have made cancer an epidemic, the dead zone rapidly being created in the Gulf of Mexico, the melting polar ice caps or the deaths last year of 45,000 Americans who could not afford proper medical care, is part of the cold and rational exchange of life for money.
The corporations, and those who run them, consume, pollute, oppress and kill. The little Eichmanns who manage them reside in a parallel universe of staggering wealth, luxury and splendid isolation that rivals that of the closed court of Versailles. The elite, sheltered and enriched, continue to prosper even as the rest of us and the natural world start to die. They are numb. They will drain the last drop of profit from us until there is nothing left. And our business schools and elite universities churn out tens of thousands of these deaf, dumb and blind systems managers who are endowed with sophisticated skills of management and the incapacity for common sense, compassion or remorse. These technocrats mistake the art of manipulation with knowledge."
If we are about killing ourselves anyway, seems logical that some of those we are taking along with us might want to interfere preemptively. This is the spine chilling logic preached by at least one American religious leader.