The New York Times allowed G-d knows how many innocent trees to die so that it could publish a self-serving, deeply disingenuous op-ed by terrorist-cum-educator William Ayers â€“ who actually expects us to feel sorry for his being pilloried during the presidential campaign:
I was cast in the â€œunrepentant terroristâ€ role; I felt at times like the enemy projected onto a large screen in the â€œTwo Minutes Hateâ€ scene from George Orwellâ€™s â€œ1984,â€ when the faithful gathered in a frenzy of fear and loathing. â€¦
Now that the election is over, I want to say as plainly as I can that the character invented to serve this drama wasnâ€™t me, not even close.Â Â Letâ€™s deconstruct â€œthe factsâ€ that Ayers and The Times present.Â
Ayers writes that he â€œnever killed or injured anyoneâ€ and that The Weather Undergroundâ€™s attacks were â€œon property, never on people.â€ The second statement is an outright lie and the first is true only by happenstance. The Weather Underground tried to kill a judge and his family. Hereâ€™s John Murtagh telling Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy about how his family was targeted (transcript) in an interview on “Fox and Friends”Â (video) that aired October 9, 2008:Â
SteveÂ Doocy: This headline from 1970 says it all, four bombs at Murtagh home. The notorious terror group the Weather Underground claiming responsibility for an attack on the family of a New York state Supreme Court justice. The bombing was lead by radical Bill Ayers, the same guy screen right who eventually formed a relationship of some sort with Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Brian Kilmeade: Yonkers city councilman John Murtagh was just nine years old when the blast went off inside his house. John this is a personal story for you. JohnÂ Murtagh: Clearly it is. I was nine years old at the time. My father was the judge presiding over what was called the Panther 21 trial, members of Panther party who were charged with attempting to bomb landmarks in New York. On a February night in 1970, while my parents, my brother, sister and I were asleep in our house, the Weather Underground launched the attack on our family and set off at least three, possibly four bombs, one of them under the gas tank of the family car.
Doocy: Car bomb.
Murtagh: Looking to kill us.
In the bionote at the end of the op-ed, The Times uses Ayersâ€™ preferred (and sanitized) description of himself as â€œa professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the author of â€œFugitive Daysâ€ and a co-author of the forthcoming â€œRace Course.â€ The paperâ€™s crackerjack team of reporters somehow overlooked this publication Ayers co-authored with his comrades in the Weather Underground: “Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism.”Â
A couple of weeks before Election Day the Zombietime blog published scanned pages from the 1974 communist manifesto in which Ayers states the Weather Underground is “a guerrilla organization” of “communist women and men” who want to “lead the struggle, give coherence and direction to the fight, seize power and build the new society” and added this analysis (emphasis in the original):
Ayers was not simply protesting “against” the Vietnam War. Firstly, he wasn’t against war in principle, he was agitating for the victory of the communist forces in Vietnam. In other words: He wasn’t against the war, he was against our side in the war. â€¦ Secondly, and more significantly, the Vietnam War was only one of many issues cited by the Weather Underground as the justifications for their violent acts. â€¦ Ayers and the Weather Underground enumerated dozens of different grievances as the rationales for their bombings — their overarching goal being to inspire a violent mass uprising against the United States government in order to establish a communist “dictatorship of the proletariat,” in Ayers’ own words.
As this excerpt from Ayersâ€™ op-ed shows, he remains a communist to this very day:
In 1970, I co-founded the Weather Underground, an organization that was created after an accidental explosion that claimed the lives of thred [sic] of our comrades in Greenwich Village. [Emphasis, The Stiletto.]
Finally, Ayers downplays the seriousness of his terroristic crimes: Â
We did carry out symbolic acts of extreme vandalism directed at monuments to war and racism …Â meant to respect human life and convey outrage and determination to end the Vietnam war. [Emphasis, The Stiletto.]Â
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