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A couple days ago, the New York Times printed an op-ed from William Ayers, the former Weather Underground leader, domestic terrorist bomber, current university professor, and friend to president-elect Barack Obama. Ayers makes a number of simply amazing statements using his Times bullhorn, so I thought I should talk about it a little bit. Nearly every sentence Ayers pens is hypocritical or dishonest in some fashion. I have to start at the end, with Ayers' final summarizing statement, where he complains of the linking between himself and Obama during the presidential campaign:
Demonization, guilt by association, and the politics of fear did not triumph, not this time. Let’s hope they never will again. And let’s hope we might now assert that in our wildly diverse society, talking and listening to the widest range of people is not a sin, but a virtue.
I'm trying to wrap my mind around Bill Ayers, who blew things up in the 60's and 70's when he didn't get HIS way, complaining about the "politicis of fear", "demonization", and promoting "listening to the widest range of people". I can't do it. The Gulf Of Jaw-Dropping Hypocrisy is too vast. The very point of Ayers' radical past was the promotion of fear, demonization, and ignoring every voice other than his own. Now the weenie wants to cry because his friendship with Obama became an issue ? You gotta be kidding me. Ayers is shameless.
Ayers goes on to criticize Obama's political opposition with some political spin:
Unable to challenge the content of Barack Obama’s campaign, his opponents invented a narrative about a young politician who emerged from nowhere, a man of charm, intelligence and skill, but with an exotic background and a strange name. The refrain was a question: “What do we really know about this man?”
There was plenty of challenging of the content of Obama's campaign, contrary to what Ayers claims. Plenty of it. Ayers attempts to make it sound like all McCain/Palin ever talked about was Bill Ayers. With all due respect to the narcissism of Mr. Ayers (who should be in prison rather than teaching children), that isn't even close to the truth. As for Obama's exotic background and strange name, Obama kept bringing that up himself. I never once heard John McCain do it, because he never did. What the McCain campaign questioned mostly was Obama's lack of experience and wrong policies. In addition, the McCain campaign questioned some of the associations Obama held, such as those to ACORN and Bill Ayers. McCain never mentioned the Reverend Jeremiah Wright at all.
I was cast in the “unrepentant terrorist” role; I felt at times like the enemy projected onto a large screen in the “Two Minutes Hate” scene from George Orwell’s “1984,” when the faithful gathered in a frenzy of fear and loathing.
Maybe you were cast in the "unrepentant terrorist" role because you are an unrepentant terrorist, Mr. Ayers. Nobody cast you in that role but yourself. And again, "fear and loathing" is what you perpetrated yourself, by your own actions.
With the mainstream news media and the blogosphere caught in the pre-election excitement, I saw no viable path to a rational discussion. Rather than step clumsily into the sound-bite culture, I turned away whenever the microphones were thrust into my face. I sat it out.
Ayers saw "no viable path to a rational discussion" ??? Yeah, I guess communications do tend to break down when you are a TERRORIST BOMBER. People get all huffy when you try to blow them up. Doubly so when you say decades later that you wish you had done more and don't regret setting bombs. Even more so when you make the aforementioned statements about not regretting your terrorist activities on September 11, 2001. Ayers should have been more direct here and said "the media would have destroyed me, so I backed down like the coward that I am."
For some real creativity, listen to Bill Ayers describe the old days:
I never killed or injured anyone...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. 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. 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...we 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...The antiwar movement in all its commitment, all its sacrifice and determination, could not stop the violence unleashed against Vietnam. And therein lies cause for real regret...we were inadequate to end the killing of three million Vietnamese and almost 60,000 Americans during a 10-year war.
Notice how Ayers calls his bombings "small bombs", changes his terrorist acts of anarchy into acts of "extreme vandalism", and claims he never killed or injured anyone. This is a man who has spent decades honing the propaganda of his own criminality. Any time you set off a bomb you risk killing people. Some of Ayers' cohorts even killed themselves inadvertently. When Ayers and his comrades placed those "small bombs in empty offices", is he saying he knew that people wouldn't be killed or injured ? Bull-crap. He knew no such thing. He put innocent lives at risk and didn't care one bit. After all, Ayers claims he was striking out at "monuments to war and racism", like the Capitol Building and the Pentagon (and he made that statement two days ago, not forty years ago...and he's teaching your children. Someday I'd love to hear the tale of how William Ayers ever became a university professor with his radical past). Bill Ayers was most certainly a terrorist. His actions as leader of the Weather Underground are the very profile of terrorism. And the Weather Underground did kill and attempt to kill people. I don't know if Bill Ayers was involved. If he was, he sure isn't going to say so.
Thanks to the NY Times for giving Bill Ayers a forum for his nonsense. If only they had given John McCain that same forum when they rejected McCain's op-ed about Iraq one week after the Times printed Barack Obama's op-ed about Iraq during the presidential campaign. Fair and balanced.
I guess the Times knows best which news is fit to print.
P.S. - I've been away for 3 weeks attending to some personal and family issues. I hope to be back to blogging more often from today forward. Sorry for my absence, but it was unavoidable.