A recalcitrant Bill Ayers defends Weather Underground bombings

Bill AyersSaturday marked 43 years since the 1970 National Guard shootings at Kent State that left four students dead.

Among those on hand to formally dedicate a May 4 Visitors Center, which tells the story of that fateful day, were radical anti-war figures Tom Hayden and Bill Ayers.

Hayden unknowingly set up the greatest irony of the day when he talked about history being subject to “revisionism,” stressing that an accurate perspective of the late 60s anti-war movement “needs to be written into history,” as the Plains Dealer reported.

The irony being that Ayers would soon step forward and offer the small crowd a selectively edited, inaccurate version of that very history.

With the outcome of a presidential election no longer at stake, Ayers seems to have reverted back to the unrepentant and recalcitrant Ayers of yesteryear as he suggested that the United States is the most violent country that has ever been created.

As summarized by Michelle Malkin:

“At Kent State this weekend, [Ayers] defended the Weather Underground attacks, whitewashed the bloody consequences of his ideological zealotry, attacked the United States as the “most violent” country in the world, called John McCain a mass murderer, and glorified left-wing radicalism.”

When asked by a reporter about the difference between the activities of the terrorist organization he co-founded — the Weather Underground — and the terrorist attack in Boston, Ayers said there is no relationship because no one died in the Weather Underground bombings, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

“There’s no equivalence [with Boston]. Property damage. That’s what we did.”

Which is not exactly true.

As noted by the conservative blog Marathon Pundit:

Three of Ayers’ fellow terrorists, including his then-girl friend, died in 1970 when a nail bomb they were building in a Greenwich Village neighborhood accidentally exploded.

The Weather Underground was suspected of being involved in a bombing that killed a San Francisco police sergeant a month prior to the accidental Greenwich Village explosion.

And eleven years later, two cops were killed — by gunshot wounds, not bombs — in a Brink’s truck robbery by members of the Black Liberation Army and the Weather Underground.

Ayers even had the audacity to talk about losing three friends in the Weather Underground in his speech Saturday, according to the Beacon Journal.

Of course, he neglects to tell the crowd how they died, and that the bomb was to be used at a dance at the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey.

He would say afterwards that telling the crowd the circumstances of those deaths would have been “inappropriate.”

Brushing over it entirely because “it didn’t happen,” Ayers stated: “But what did happen is, on that same day John McCain murdered civilians.”

Except on that day in 1970, McCain was being beaten and tortured in Hanoi as a captive of the North Vietnamese.

Ayers talked about activism being a useful tool for change on Saturday. “If you light a candle anywhere, you challenge the darkness everywhere,” he said. The sad truth is, being an educator for many years, it’s impossible to say how many promising minds this despicable man has lead into the darkness.


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