The Little Big Man
Judith Weiss details the Last Stand of Ward Churchill. There's probably more than a little irony in the phrase for the man with the Big Horn.
Churchill's advocates are making a last-ditch effort to mobilize supporters in academia, via an Open Letter calling on the U of Colorado to reverse its decision. The signatories include the usual suspects Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, also controversial academics Rashid Khalidi and Juan Cole. Both Khalidi and Cole have recently had to defend their academic credentials in pursuit of professional advancement, and their participation in Churchill's defense gives credence to their detractors. (In a truly moronic convergence of nutty professors, Deborah Frisch (fired from U of Arizona for stalking a blogger and threatening his child) defended Churchill at CounterPunch in 2005.)
The fact the Left has to pull out all its big guns to save such small fry indicates, that in his own small way, Ward is his own one-man Dien Bien Phu. "Never in the history of all mankind have so many fought to save so little." Ok. Churchill didn't say that, I did.