Tuesday, September 09, 2008

"No one was ever hurt"

Jake Trapper at ABC News points to a "cartoon" Bill Ayers wrote about his bombing days: (emphasis mine)

"From his Chicago home, Bill Ayers responds to the 'We didn't do enough,' statement, a soundbite echoing ad nauseam through the media."Says the Ayers cartoon: "It's impossible to get to be my age and not have plenty of regrets. The one thing I don't regret is opposing the war in Vietnam with every ounce of my being.

"During the Vietnam war, the Weather Underground took credit for bombing several government installations as a dramatic form of armed propaganda. Action was taken against symbolic targets in order to declare a state of emergency. But warnings were always called in, and by design no one was ever hurt.

The only problem is that people were hurt. In fact, three people were killed.

From Wikipedia:

"Apart from an apparently accidental premature detonation of a bomb in the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion which killed three of Weatherman's own members."------ "However, according to Mark Rudd, one of the founders of the Weathermen, the group that constructed the bomb that exploded prematurely in Greenwich Village had planned to set it off at a dance in an Army NCO club, which presumably would have had lethal consequences."

I think the fact the it was three of his own doesn't discount the fact that three people were killed by Ayer's actions.

*Note: Interestingly since I wrote this someone has disputed this. It now says: "The neutrality of this section is disputed.

I'm thinking the families of the three dead wouldn't dispute it.