Right to Hell


Bill Ayers is unhappy with the way the anti-war movement is going.

More than three decades after he co-founded the radical Weather Underground – the ’60s anti-war group condemned by critics as a “domestic terrorist” organization – Bill Ayers said that today’s anti-war movement “is not as strong and not as focused as it needs to be.”

He admits, though, that his generation wasn’t so great, because they didn’t stop the war, either.

But the author and University of Illinois, Chicago, education professor noted that the current generation of anti-war activists should guard against “mythologizing” the ’60s anti-war efforts, because “we couldn’t end the war.”

I wonder what he thinks about his buddy Barack, who campaigned by pretending to be anti-war with regard to Iraq, and pro-war in Afghanistan.

Ayers made the comments in an interview Wednesday before his address to students at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. Still a controversial figure and a lightning rod for conservatives, he describes himself as “a political radical, a socialist” and still virulently anti-war when it comes to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The man who co-founded the Weather Underground, which ran a war against the U.S. government, is still trying to get us to think that he’s just your average nice guy.

But he said Republicans tried to turn him into a “vicious, anti-American, violent monster … who was an unrepentant killer.”

“It’s just not true,” he said.

Poor Ayers has been misrepresented!

But he disputed critics on the left who charge that Ayers’ activities with Weather Underground’s violent radicalism actually harmed anti-war efforts.

“I think those who say, ‘Oh, I know perfectly that what you did was exactly the wrong thing to do’ – I don’t think so,” he said.

It was just those nasty Republicans trying to make Barack look bad by claiming that his friendship with Ayers was problematic.

He said the McCain-Palin campaign engaged in a “whole attempt to take this candidate, Barack Obama, and to make him into a mystery character who hung around with a bunch of monsters.”

“The bigger danger is the assumption … that if you share a board room, or a bus ride, or a coffee or a conversation with someone, that you therefore are associated in some way around politics or policy,” he said. “The truth is, in a democracy, all of us should talk to a wide range of people … and at the end of the day have a mind of your own,” he said. “Now if anyone passes that test, it’s Barack Obama.”


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