Birds of a Feather: Gennady Zyuganov and Ward Churchill Sing Their Swan Songs
I've heard the first cuckoo of spring
Of genocides trying to sing,
But the anthem was hissed
Through a plagiarist's lisp;
Hence, proFessors proved he was lying!
Professor Ward Churchill has claimed that in 1837 the American Army deliberately infected the Mandan Indians with smallpox, but Professor Thomas Brown examined Churchill's allegations and stated:
In a series of essays written during the 1990s, Churchill gradually elaborates his version of the origins of the smallpox epidemic that broke out on the northern plains in 1837, which probably killed twenty to thirty thousand people. Churchill charges the U.S. Army with infecting the Mandan tribe with gifts of smallpox-laden blankets, withholding treatment, and thus causing an epidemic that Churchill says killed more than 125,000 people...
Churchill fabricated the most crucial details of his genocide story. Churchill radically misrepresented the sources he cites in support of his genocide charges, sources which say essentially the opposite of what Churchill attributes to them.
When he was exposed for fabricating history, Churchill blustered:
What happened at Fort Clark was far worse than I indicated. Far worse....And now I've got the documentation, the paper, to prove it. So next time I iterate it, it's going to be a much sharper finding on genocidal intent with Fort Clark."
So far, Churchill has not shown anyone his new evidence.
The scholar Russell Thornton says that a steamship that traded with the Indians first brought the smallpox to a Mandan village, not to Fort Clark:
Steamboats had been traveling the upper Missouri River for years before 1837, dispatched by Saint Louis fur companies for trade with the Mandan and other Indians. At 3:00 P.M. on June 19, 1837, the American Fur Company steamboat St. Peter’s arrived at the Mandan villages after stopping at Fort Clark just downstream. Some aboard the steamer had smallpox when the boat docked. It soon was spread to the Mandan, perhaps by deckhands who unloaded merchandise, perhaps by chiefs who went aboard a few days later, or perhaps by women and children who went aboard at the same time. http://hal.lamar.edu/~browntf/Churchill1.htm
The charge that America practices biological warfare is a staple of communist propaganda. During the 1980s the communist media claimed that U.S. Army biowarfare scientists developed the AIDS virus at Fort Detrick, Maryland. More recently the Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, who used to be a high-ranking party propagandist and not a scientist, claimed that America is spreading bird flu:
The forms of warfare are changing. It's strange that not a single duck has yet died in America - they are all dying in Russia and European countries. This makes one seriously wonder why," Zyuganov said at a press conference at the Interfax main office on Tuesday...
Asked to be more precise as to whether he believes the bird flu outbreak could be a deliberate attack by the U.S., Zyuganov answered positively."I not only suggest this, I know very well how this can be arranged. There is nothing strange here," he said.
http://www.interfax.ru/e/B/politics/28.html?id_issue=11478562 [March 14, 2006]
Although Zyuganov believes that the Americans are responsible for the bird flu, most Russian scientists believe that the bird flu was brought to Russia by migratory birds; but there is also another theory that domestic fowl are the principal carriers.
Dr. Richard Thomas, an expert at Birdlife International, observes:
From the pattern of spread that we saw last autumn the spread [of the disease] just did not follow known migration routes. What it did follow, you can trace it from western China across to Eastern Europe," he says. "And you see a good correlation with the transport routes, with the railway that runs from Lanchow city heading west through Kazakhstan and southern Russia right away across to Romania.