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Tuesday, Nov 18, 2008, 4:45 pm

Bill Ayers Finally Fielding His Own Defense

By Jeremy Gantz

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The right's favorite boogeyman is still clearing his throat, adding a few points to his recent excellent In These Times article in a pair of Washington speeches yesterday:

"Not only did I never kill or injure another person, but the Weather Underground in its six-year existence never killed or injured another person," he said. "We did something that was extreme. Some of you would call it not only extreme but kind of nuts. You might call it off the track. You might call it crazy. You might call it defying of common sense. It was certainly illegal. To call it terrorism stretches the definition of terrorism to everything you don't approve of."

And:

"I don't for a minute want to harsh anybody's mellow," but "no president takes us to the promised land."

"We have to ask ourselves: Yes we can -- what?"

That is the question of the hour. And by hour, I mean the next four years.

UPDATE: Ayers's media blitz continued with an appearance on NPR's "Fresh Air" yesterday. Listen to the interview here.

Jeremy Gantz is a contributing editor at the magazine. He is the editor of The Age of Inequality: Corporate America's War on Working People (2017, Verso), and was the Web/Associate Editor of In These Times from 2008 to 2012. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he worked as a reporter for The Cambodia Daily in 2007. After graduating from Carleton College in 2004, he lived in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright scholarship, studying the intersection of ethnic politics and public education. His articles have also appeared in Chicago-area newspapers, Alternet and the Onion’s A.V. Club.

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