I listened to Bill Ayers today on Democracy Now! I also happened to notice that people were coming to this website from search-engine results after having searched on "Bill Ayers." Let me say that I was not favorably impressed by Bill's statement that terrorism is exclusively hurting and/or killing people. I'm paraphrasing him but not badly.

Bill engaged in blowing up buildings. I believe he is stating it correctly that none of the bombings in which he engaged resulted in hurting people or killing them. However, even though his actions drew more attention to the disturbance that war causes in general, his approach in the end proves counter-productive.

I remember Bill Ayers hitting the newspapers. I was reading the papers daily by that time in my life. I especially also remember the debate about bombing ROTC buildings on campus. My friends and I were interested and involved in politics and discussions came up about such things at the time.

Recently, due to the arrests of Anarchists at the Republican Convention, I left comments on the site of one of the brothers (Ian Bicking) of one of those arrested (Monica Bicking) and still facing trial I believe. On that site, I advocated for ending property destruction as a means to effectuate desired change. Unfortunately, the brother believes, as does Bill Ayers apparently, that destroying the property of the destroyers doesn't make one wrong when those others are killing people as via war. The war makers are killing the innocent right along with the guilty. They are killing out of their selfish desires for material wealth and power and control (ego). They are killing for Empire's sake. Millions die. Millions are maimed. Millions are orphaned and made homeless and sick. There is no excuse for it. However, using destruction to stop them and assigning a line of physical harm or death as the line where if one stays on one side of it right up to the edge of it, one is somehow not doing wrong is an error. Bill and the brother are engaging in "two wrongs make a right."

There is no line for human beings where they can destroy the property of others and shared property where hypocrisy doesn't enter in or where the line can't be move to totally destroying so much property in the name of "peace" that many would be left more homeless, etc. Also, knowing that bombs could go off wherever on government or other property without warning is a terrorizing thing for many. It does add to the climate of fear. It does stimulate greater wrathfulness among people.

I find no justification for Bill Ayers' position vis-à-vis terrorism.

He has many right things to say, but he crosses the line.

Let me add here that Jesus cleaning the Temple is not analogous to the situation. The house that was the Temple building is not the same as the U.S. Capitol or the Pentagon. There is no valid comparison.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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