Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Real Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers responds to the media's depiction of him as an “unrepentant domestic terrorist" in an enlightening op-ed in the New York Times. Most strikingly, he helps to define the difference between what the Weather Underground did and acts of terrorism.

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.

Your Weekly Address from the President-Elect