The Republican vice-president candidate Sarah Palin accused Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama of association with terrorists. Obama apparently have been on the same charity board as Bill Ayers, a “former leading 1960s militant”. Although Ayers’ organization, the Weatherman, was behind several bombings of governmental buildings during the late 60s, it is far from clear one can stamp Ayers or his organization as terrorists.
The story of Ayers reminds me a bit of another 1960s “terrorist”, whose organisation started their bombing campaign against governmental building and offices in 1961. For more than three decades that the organization was active some 800 people were killed. The name of the organization and its founder? Umkhonto we Sizwe and Nelson Mandela.
It would be interesting to see if Palin regards Ayers, but not Mandela, as a terrorist. Both men aimed their actions on the symbols of the political systems in their countries, respectively. Although it might be disputable, I see no clear indication that Ayers or Mandela had civilian casualties as their goal. And as long as that is the case neither of the men can be accused of being terrorists.
However, if it would stand clear that Bill Ayers is actual a terrorist, than of course all American people should vote for Obama. I mean, if being neighbour to Russia gives one all the necessary skills to be a national security expert, imagine the skills in anti-terrorism gained from being friend with a terrorist...
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