Thursday, May 16, 2013

Putting on Ayers

CNN reports that revenge  served as  the motive behind the bombings at the Boston Marathon. According  to CNN, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev scribbled a note asserting that claim while pinned down by police inside a boat. Tsarnaev reiterated his assertions in subsequent interviews with police after his capture.

Tsarnaev said that he and his now dead brother sought payback for the deaths caused by the military interventions in Muslim lands. He sees an attack on one Muslim as an attack on all. (I guess this does not include savage attacks on Muslims by fellow Muslims.)

Interestingly, this revelation comes a couple of weeks after Weather Underground member and domestic terrorist William Ayers denied any resemblance between the actions of his cohorts and those of the Tsarnaev brothers.

"To conflate a group of fundamentalist people who are nihilistic in some way with a group of people who spend their lives trying to oppose the murder of 6,000 people a week . . . and still the killing went on. What would you have done?"

He tries to contrast the Weather Underground's  idealism with the Tsarnaev's nihilism.

Now that the surviving Tsarnaev brother has explained his motive, the distinction Ayers draws seems more blurred. Tsarnaev's motive appears just as idealistic as that of Ayers.

They both strike back at the United States on behalf of people they perceive as its victims and, perhaps  more explicitly in Ayers case, change government policy.

If Ayers can convince himself, I guess that's all that matters.


CW said...

For one brief moment after the Boston bombings I thought the light bulb might go off for some liberals and they might finally see the irony in their embrace of Bill Ayers while being outraged at what occurred in Boston. I thought that, if nothing else, liberals like marathons and they might empathize with the Boston victims, and this empathy might open their hearts and minds to the victims of the Weather Underground. I should have known better. As long as liberals are liberals, they remain clueless. Only when they convert to conservatism will they finally get it.

Good post, V.L.

RightDetour said...

As long as ethical relativism remains strong, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

CW said...

Great point, V.L.!

RightDetour said...

I hate to generalize about people, but I think too that the 60s generation (at least the counter cultural types) seem to be a more self absorbed or self centered, and less open to self criticism. Even if the causes embraced by the 60s counter culture still seem just (racial equality, peace, respect for our environment,that does not imply that all the means adopted were just. One can oppose the Viet Nam war without waving Viet Cong flags and firebombing symbols of "the Establishment." I believe some of these people look back nostalgically on the era as one marked by youth, passion, and innovative fashions and pop music. They do not seem to want to come to terms with incivility and violence. Neither to they acknowledge their own naivete or the long term social costs of their views on sexual liberation and "mind and consciousness expanding" narcotics.