Shocked, Shocked I Tell You!

Sympathy for the wrong person

T he sympathy expressed by some people in a North Carolina town for accused terrorist Eric Rudolph exposes a perverse strain of American intolerance.

The Oregonian in all their PC wisdom is shocked to find that there are people that have sympathy for Eric Rudolph. I don’t know why. There is also sympathy in this country for the Palestinian bombers, Fidel Castro, and any communist or “socialist” dictator. There are people in America that are sympathetic to Iran and Syria, China and North Korea. Why is it so shocking that some people would support Rudolph?
He is against the encroachment of the government into private life, albeit opposing the government under Bill Clinton rather than George W. Bush. I see demonstrations all the time opposing the government. Why would this upset the Oregonian editors?
Oh, he is anti-abortion. I see. The poobahs at the Oregonian aren’t aware that there is a tremendous amount of opposition to abortion. They are not aware that around 80% of the American people support some restrictions on abortion?
The anti-gay thing? Well I admit I have a problem with him there. I happen to like gays, except for the ones that are assholes. But that is the same attitude that most Americans seem to have. They don’t like gays as a group, just the ones that they know and like. It’s unfortunate that today you can’t say anything critical of a gay person, no matter how they act, without being labeled a homophobe.
I personally don’t have a problem with the anti-government thing, nor the anti-abortion view. Hell, I don’t even have a problem with gays. What I have a problem with is bombing. This is nasty. It’s sneaky and cowardly. Come up to me face to face and tell me what you don’t like. (Ok, you can’t do that if you’re anti-abortion without being jailed) Don’t sneak around and stick bombs around where I might be walking. I don’t like Palestinian bombers and I don’t like American bombers. But just because they are idiots that use bombs to make their point does not mean that their point is invalid. The Palestinians need to have a homeland so they can wake up and kill their leaders and install someone other that tired old terrorist. That’s not going to happen as long as they bomb Israel. The tide is slowly turning against abortion on demand, but that viewpoint is not going to be helped by bombing clinics. The gay issue goes back and forth. This will only be settled when it becomes acceptable to criticize gays when they act like dimwits. That is something that is never going to be settled by bombing either.
Maybe you’re one of those that think I’m wrong, that the bombing does invalidate any cause it supports?
For that attitude, I would direct you to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin on July 26, 1970. I was stationed there at that time working in the telephone office. Early in the morning of July 26 three bombs went off, destroying a power substation, blowing a hole in the ground outside the camp reservoir and right though the floor of the telephone office. We were supposed to start working a night shift that night and I was elected to work the first graveyard shift. I didn’t show up. I was short, I was pissed off, I got shit-faced and didn’t show up. There was no one else in that end of the building. If I had been there, the bomb would have killed me as it was placed under the building directly under where I would have been sitting.
Why, who would do such a thing? Obviously someone with some fringe group, someone with a cause so extreme that only bombing could express the rage felt?
Close. The bombing was done by three active duty members of the U.S. Army. They had two extremist causes. They did the bombing in order to shut down the camp, which was used for Reserve and National Guard training, to protest the Vietnam War. They were also all members of a fringe group called the American Serviceman’s Union, that wanted to unionize the military. While I do not have fond feeling for either the anti-war crowd or union organizers to this day, I do not believe that their actions invalidated the views of countless others who held the same views.
While the support for Rudolph may shock the Oregonian, it in no way reflects on those who have the same views but abstain from violence.