1. Ward Churchill is an asshole.
2. He was actually correct in saying, in his notorious essay “Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Chickens Coming Home to Roost” and subsequent interviews, that the idea that the victims of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 represented some sort of cross-section of American life or the American public (much asserted following the attacks) was inaccurate.
3. His position that the 9/11 attacks were in part a result of American foreign policy seems to me indubitable.
4. His implication that the victims of 9/11 got what they deserved was unconscionable, and in fact invokes exactly the moral calculus that leads to the aggressive foreign policy Churchill despises.
5. Academic freedom is absolutely paramount, if we are to have historians or other professors and thinkers who are capable of, and encouraged in, expressing any opinion that their research or their conscience deems appropriate.
6. Ward Churchill’s firing was undoubtedly primarily provoked by his political views and statements, which was a blow against the academic freedom which permits that free and open exchange of opinion, provided the professor discharges his duties as an educator in accord with his institution’s expectations.
7. His victory in the lawsuit today was a victory for the vital institution of tenure and for academic freedom.
8. He’s still an asshole.