Politics, Foreign Policy, Current Events and Occasional Outbursts Lacking Couth

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Bill Ayers on Bill Ayers


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.
Yes, I for one find the blast of a home made bomb to be very much not frightening. Maybe even a bit pacifying. And the popular reaction generated by wondering who is responsible for it, when and where they might do it again and who, next time, might be standing in the way is one of mass delight, not collective fear.

Not sure from what planet this yo-yo is vacationing from but here on earth fear and suffering can be accomplished without committing murder.


Mike said...

Here's the best thing about Bill Ayers: up until some of his dumbass friends blew themselves up making a bomb, his little group was planning on bombing a packed club on a military base (the NCO Club at Fort Drum, if I recall correctly). That's the same kind of shit that we bombed Libya for 20 years later. It was only after that little "accident" that the group rethought their means and decided to only use bombs not intended to injure anyone (at night, after phoning in a bomb threat, etc.)

So for him to get all holier than thou about his methods is more than a little disingenuous...he's really nothing more than a thug.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone recall Ayer's "screaming response" to the fear and suffering of the Boat People, or the re-education camp inmates?

G said...


I'm gonna try drop that in conversation from now on.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I should use this excuse with a twist...

Peaceful attempts have failed to get the girl. So I issued a screaming response. But it was not stalking; I was not engaged in a campaign to scare and injure her but, spreading my love and goodness for romantic ends.

Think the judge would let me off the hook?

Jay@Soob said...

Mke, I hadn't known that bit of the UWM's history. How utterly grotesque.

Edgewise, idealists maintain a safe haven within their own imaginations where they filter their ideals. All that "bad stuff" gets cast aside.

Munz, a dated but still effective bit of American vernacular.

Jay@Soob said...

glenn, an apt analogy. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Mike said...

Yeah, that's why I brought it up...most people are unaware of it. They just hear Ayers trying to justify their bombing of the Pentagon and the other non-killing methods of their approach. I should add that the desire to bomb the club wasn't wholly unanimous; in fact it's possible that the reason for the explosion was that a disgruntled member of the group intentionally prematurely detonated the explosives because he wasn't okay with intentionally taking human life.

Regardless, the fact that they blew themselves up caused the group to reevaluate its philosophy and methods...up until that point, the bulk of the organization was completely okay with bombing to kill.

Also worth noting that its not like the explosion just killed a few people and made a shambles out of a room or leveled an entire apartment building. They had some serious firepower.

Finally, it was the Officer's Club at Fort Dix, not the NCO Club at Fort Drum.

Jeff Wills said...

Ayers doesn't deserve to be an American. There is something wrong with a system when it allows people like Ayers to go free. And it's apparent the problems we have with our universities given the fact that he's allowed to work in one. Pathetic.