the state


-of terrorist pals by jgrimsrud
Sunday, 7 December 2008, 11:48
Filed under: -of jgrimsrud, -of politik

bill ayers has finally started speaking out (see democracy now!); he wrote an op-ed in the new york times:

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.

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…

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 — the broad “we” — wrote letters, marched, talked to young men at induction centers, surrounded the Pentagon and lay down in front of troop trains. Yet we were inadequate to end the killing of three million Vietnamese and almost 60,000 Americans during a 10-year war.

ayer’s words make for an interesting strand of conversation over war, american history, democracy, etc.  it’s too bad our political process can’t handle open, honest conversation.

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