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Bill Ayers Hits the Road Post-Election, Whitewashing His Past

Why isn't he a terrorist? Because, he argues, everyone is a terrorist.

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Bob Owens

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January 28, 2009 - 12:00 am
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Bill Ayers, the first family’s terrorist friend, is trying to whitewash his past, attempting to dumb down the definition of terrorism to the point of making it meaningless, and denying his involvement in the Weather Underground’s failed attempts at mass murder. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press that can only be described as delusional, Ayers refused to admit the terrorist acts of the Weather Underground were wrong, and then attempted to claim that veterans and politicians were more guilty of terrorism than himself:

Ayers: No, I don’t think we were wrong. But there could be some situations in which you could kind of map this out and think about the rightness and wrongness of it. For example, if you had the opportunity to interview John McCain, would this be at the front of the interview?

Freep.com: Would what be?

Ayers: The question of terrorism and the question of right and wrong. After all, he killed people actually from the air, innocent people. So would you be challenging him on that? Or is the fact that he did it under the rubric of legality, does that make it OK?

Freep.com: Is there no distinction in your mind between an act of war against a declared enemy and an act of terrorism?

Ayers: You have to start with a definition of terrorism. Let’s go back in American history. So take the question of slavery. Is it legitimate for people to free the slaves? It was illegal. It was destruction of property. Was it OK? By today’s standards, of course it was OK. But had you thought it was OK in 1840 you would have been against the law, against your church, against your Bible, against your parents, against your friends. So think this through a little bit.

Freep.com: You don’t think there is a distinction between domestic bombings … that hurt real people, and John McCain executing a mission over North Vietnam? Is there any difference in kind between those two acts?

Ayers: There is no difference in kind between killing of any human being. Any killing of any human being is a universe lost. Let’s be clear. If we sat on a stage with Henry Kissinger, Robert McNamara, John McCain, John Kerry, Bob Kerrey, me and whoever else you want to put up there … George Bush. And then you could measure responsibility. And I’d be happy in that context and that company.

Freep.com: They are more guilty than you are?

Ayers: You think so? That’s what I’d love to see. Henry Kissinger is responsible for the death of millions. I’m responsible for the death of no one. Does that distinction not seem to matter? In other words, why am I held up as an example of something beyond the pale. Whereas Kissinger, hey it was normal. He was the secretary of state. … Yeah, he was the secretary of state overseeing an illegal, immoral, genocidal attack on civilians. That is terrorism, pure and simple.

So according to Ayers’ twisted logic, every military veteran that fired a bullet at an enemy soldier or dropped a bomb on an enemy position is as much a terrorist as was his group, which attempted three separate mass murders. (Two of their attempts ended in failed bombings in Detroit, where devices that failed to explode were recovered after an FBI informant within the group tipped police. The remaining botched attempt a month later resulted in the death of Ayers’ girlfriend and two other Weather Underground terrorists in a Greenwich Village townhouse, when the bombs they were manufacturing to commit murder at a soldiers’ dance at Fort Dix, NJ, went off prematurely.)

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