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When it's Anticipatory Retaliation.

April 11, 2005

Bernardine Dohrn Is A Law Professor???


Knock me over with a feather. I knew that Bernardine Dohrn had managed to escape long term imprisonment for her activities with the Weather Underground by cutting some sort of deal, but the fact that she's a law professor at Northwestern I find rather shocking. Anyway, Ms. Dohrn says that she doesn't support terrorism, which just means that she creatively defines her years with an overtly terrorist organization (not to mention her current sympathies) as some kind of warped public service:

The tone of Guy Benson's April 5 guest column, "Law Prof Owes Explanation," is the kind of poorly researched "new McCarthyism" so suddenly fashionable. The reporter says he is denied "both sides of the story," unable to get a "balanced assessment." He quotes my "assistant" and The New York Times quoting my "husband" and asks me to clarify his alleged comments. Since I speak publicly about the war in Iraq, racism, children's rights, international law and human rights, Benson and all NU students are welcome to be part of the regular give-and-take I enjoy with students, audiences and activists. To clarify, I have never endorsed terrorism, the use of violence to intimidate or coerce a civilian (or any other) population. I fought the illegal, immoral war against Vietnam and the organized terrorism of my government -- and I unequivocally oppose the terrorism of governments, individuals, and religious, political and irregular organizations. I believe we all have an obligation to speak up about what is being done in our name. -- Bernardine Dohrn, professor, School of Law (h/t LGF)

I just find it difficult to get my head around this, even though I used to folk dance with Alice Metzinger, before any of us knew she was really Katherine Anne Power. When did we cross the threshold where it became acceptable to hire an unrepentent terrorist to teach the new entrants to the legal profession, from which many of our legislators will be drawn? Does this culture have a death wish?

(Cross-posted by Demosophist to Demosophia, and The Jawa Report)

Launched by Demosophist at April 11, 2005 06:08 AM

Retaliatiory Launches

pretty scary stuff, why we let these people influence the young...damn.

Posted by: Michael at April 12, 2005 05:01 AM

I noticed her letter, as published, puts the words "husband" and "assistant" in quotation marks as though she wanted to disown them. Makes me wonder about her just a bit. ^_^;

Posted by: The Snark Who Was Really a Boojum at April 13, 2005 04:48 AM

Are you joking me?? She is a wonderful person, strong, and insightful. In the wake of 9-11 i can maybe understand that you might see these two subjects as the same, thus they are not. She and others at the time where fighting for you just like our boys in uniform are supposed to be. You dont have to agree with her oppinions, and she the same, thats what makes it a wonderful country. She stood up for what she belevied in, she did what she knew to get the attention of our powerful government. Our government kills people everyday, and we pay our taxes so they can kill, our money is worth nothing because they kill, she killed nothing but the thought that the youth will sit and watch fellow humans die for fighting for there country because, they, in our government think they are always right, and when they take that step towards their wars they cant turn back for fear that they will show fear. She showed no fear, but showed love for everyone. Now, the question here is should she be teaching our youth, to find the caring commpassion she has for the children we are lucky to have her teaching. I mean a teacher that cares, a teacher that teaches not for a pay check but rather to help the worlds youth. We are lucky to have anyone in teaching to have that kind of heart. But OPPINIONS are like buttholes everyone has one.....Peace viva la resistance

Posted by: Tim at May 29, 2005 07:13 PM

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