Moonbat conspiracy theorist compares 9/11 to Reichstag fire
Kevin Barrett (picture right) accused the Bush administration of orchestrating 9/11 and compared Bush to Hitler, invoking Hitler's destruction of the Reichstag.
This is expected from random idiotarians. What makes Barrett exceptional is that he's a professor at UW-Madison and is allowed to devote an entire week presenting his conspiracy theory to students. Not only that, required reading for his class consists of a series of extremist essays including one outlining his 9/11 denial.
A few final facts the Otter would like you to consider - Kevin Barrett is a convert to Islam and has a Moroccan-born Muslim wife. He's currently teaching introductory courses about Islam. Yet he flatly denies Muslims did 9/11, the London bombings, and other global terrorist acts. He blames terrorist acts on Western governments.
CNN, University instructor likens Bush to Hitler:
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (AP) -- A university instructor who came under scrutiny for arguing that the U.S. government orchestrated the September 11 attacks likens President Bush to Adolf Hitler in an essay his students are being required to buy for his course.
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 the Pentagon on September 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." ...
...The university's decision to allow Barrett to teach the course touched off a controversy over the summer once his views became widely known.
Sixty-one state legislators denounced the move. One county board cut its funding for the UW-Extension by $8,247 -- the amount Barrett will earn for teaching the course -- in a symbolic protest, even though the course is unrelated to that branch of the UW System.
Democratic Governor Jim Doyle and his Republican challenger, Mark Green, have both said they believe Barrett should be fired.