Kevin Barrett, the 9/11 conspiracy theorist that the University of Wisconsin – Madison chose to employ to teach a course is back in the news. This time he's comparing Bush to Hitler. In an essay to be published in a forthcoming book. Using deliberate distortions in nuance in the same way the conspiracy theorists construct all of their elaborate fantasy worlds, he says he doesn't exactly call Bush Hitler. Oh, and he is requiring his students to buy the book he is publishing his little essay in.
The essay by Kevin Barrett, "Interpreting the Unspeakable: The Myth of 9/11," is part of a $20 book of essays by 15 authors, according to an unedited copy first obtained by WKOW-TV in Madison and later by The Associated Press.
The book's title is "9/11 and American Empire: Muslims, Jews, and Christians Speak Out." It is on the syllabus for Barrett's course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Islam: Religion and Culture," but only three of the essays are required reading, not including Barrett's essay.
Barrett, a part-time instructor who holds a doctorate in African languages and literature and folklore from UW-Madison, is active in a group called Scholars for 9/11 Truth. The group's members say U.S. officials, not al-Qaida terrorists, were behind the attacks on the World Trade Center and theon Sept. 11, 2001.
"Like Bush and the neocons, Hitler and the Nazis inaugurated their new era by destroying an architectural monument and blaming its destruction on their designated enemies," he wrote.
Barrett said Tuesday he was comparing the attacks to the burning of the German parliament building, the Reichstag, in 1933, a key event in the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship.
"That's not comparing them as people, that's comparing the Reichstag fire to the demolition of the World Trade Center, and that's an accurate comparison that I would stand by," he said.
He added: "Hitler had a good 20 to 30 IQ points on Bush, so comparing Bush to Hitler would in many ways be an insult to Hitler."
Ah yes, the old "I'm not comparing them as people, just their actions", nuance. Well, Barrett was warned by the administration to stop seeking publicity. It's about time to send this guy packing. If not, it's time for the Wisconsin state government to start withholding funding from the University. This has gone on long enough. UW-M is having its reputation trashed by this idiot.