Saturday, December 06, 2008

Comrade Vandal speaks...

...and it is enough to make one retch. Bill Ayers in the New York Times:
I never killed or injured anyone. I did join the civil rights movement in the mid-1960s, and later resisted the draft and was arrested in nonviolent demonstrations. I became a full-time antiwar organizer for Students for a Democratic Society. In 1970, I co-founded the Weather Underground, an organization that was created after an accidental explosion that claimed the lives of three of our comrades in Greenwich Village.
He means the nail bomb which they were preparing for a servicemen's dance. It went off accidently, with the Marxist murderers around it rather than the soldiers and their dates.
The Weather Underground went on to take responsibility for placing several small bombs in empty offices — the ones at the Pentagon and the United States Capitol were the most notorious — as an illegal and unpopular war consumed the nation.

The Weather Underground crossed lines of legality, of propriety and perhaps even of common sense.
Setting off firecrackers in a crowd crosses the bounds of propriety, Billy. Setting off a nail bomb in a crowd is just standard revolutionary activity. So why bother to explain how innocuous your acts were?
Our effectiveness can be — and still is being — debated. We did carry out symbolic acts of extreme vandalism directed at monuments to war and racism, and the attacks on property, never on people, were meant to respect human life and convey outrage and determination to end the Vietnam war.

Peaceful protests had failed to stop the war. So we issued a screaming response. But it was not terrorism; we were not engaged in a campaign to kill and injure people indiscriminately, spreading fear and suffering for political ends.
So his "symbolic acts of extreme vandalism ... were meant to respect human life and convey outrage and determination." Dang. The man was just an early performance artist. If only we had known.

And don't miss the the comments. If you still have your breakfast in place, they should finish the job.

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