2008 A Note On Ayers
posted by October 8 at 14:51 PMon
McCain Camp Sends Out Statement from Ayers Victim:”Obama’s Friend Tried to Kill My Family.” BETHLEHEM, PA-A day after Senator McCain did not even mention Bill Ayers during the Nashville debate ( despite the anticipation by many that he would) his campaign sent out a strong statement, by John M. Murtagh who’s family’s house was fire-bombed by Ayer’s militant group, the Weather Underground, when he was a 9 year old kid.
“When I was 9 years-old the Weather Underground, the terrorist group founded by Barack Obama’s friend William Ayers, firebombed my house. Barack Obama has dismissed concerns about his relationship with Ayers by noting that he was only a child when Ayers was planting bombs at the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. But Ayers has never apologized for his crimes, he has reveled in them, expressing regret only for the fact that he didn’t do more.
What is wrong with Ayers? Why is he not the magic trick that will do its work on Obama? Because, as Palin pointed out, Ayers was a “domestic terrorist.” And what is it we see in a domestic terrorist that we total miss in an international one? That he/she is a criminal. This is of the greatest significance because terrorists are in essence criminals. This criminal element, however, was recently and willfully removed by the Bush administration in order to produce in the 21st century (the post-Cold War world) an enemy that required military rather than police action.
International terrorists are global in the most radical sense. They are not really tied to a state but to something that approximates a gang (Crips, Bloods, and so on). With great effort and at a terrible cost, Bush managed to shift the the terrain of the 9/11 attack from one of crime to war. And so when we hear the word “terrorist,” we are supposed to hear “combat troop.” But because Ayers was not international, the word “terrorist” in his situation retains its truer meaning—criminal. (Yes, yes, the word “criminal” needs its own opening, examination, and ordering.)
All action against terrorists should correspond with the action taken against Timothy McVeigh, who was tried and punished not as a soldier of war but as what he was—a criminal.