One of the inevitable responses of right wingers when we try to talk about their incessant provocation of violence is to talk about the Weatherman and the few other acts of violence that occurred during the Vietnam war era.
Now first let me make a statement that I think virtually no other person online can make: I stood up to Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and the Weathermen at the time. I openly stood against the formation of the Weatherman as it was being created, not in some newspaper article or vapid essay, but at the meetings where the Weatherman was born, and in full view of Ayers, Dohrn and their followers. I openly opposed their intent to resort to violence; and what became of them fully justified the position of those I stood with.
Now on to one of the worst examples of false equivalence between left and right. The Vietnam "war" was an unprovoked aggression by the United States against a foreign country in which, by all estimates, between two and four million Vietnamese civilians were murdered by our military. There is no argument with these figures, except on the planet where there is no global warming, where torture is okay, and where anything a rich person does is perfectly okay.
In opposing the war, we were fighting to stop that slaughter, and eventually succeeded. In the outrage over the couple of American civilians killed, where can you find a shred of sympathy for the millions that we murdered? How many more millions might have died if we had not done whatever we could think of to stop our government's aggression? And until an expression of horror of equal proportion is expressed about those millions of dead Vietnamese, I cannot take seriously the right's wails of anguish over a couple of dead Americans.
The teabaggers, on the other hand, are threatening, and rapidly turning to, violence in order to get their taxes cut.
There is a big difference between the means appropriate to an effort to stop the slaughter of millions, and those acceptable to get someone to cut your taxes. It's time the right and the media figure that out.
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