In a Not-Remotely-Comic Strip, Bill Ayers Weighs In on What He Meant By ‘We Didn’t Do Enough’ to End Vietnam War

By Natalie Gewargis

Sep 9, 2008 11:06am

In a four-panel not-even-remotely-comic strip, William Ayers, the former member of the Weather Underground and associate of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., weighs in on his blog on some of the controversy he’s been causing.

comic strip 4 In a Not Remotely Comic Strip, Bill Ayers Weighs In on What He Meant By We Didnt Do Enough to End Vietnam War It reads:

"From his Chicago home, Bill Ayers responds to the ‘We didn’t do enough,’ statement, a soundbite echoing ad nauseam through the media."

Says the Ayers cartoon: "It’s impossible to get to be my age and not have plenty of regrets. The one thing I don’t regret is opposing the war in Vietnam with every ounce of my being.

"During the Vietnam war, the Weather Underground took credit for bombing several government installations as a dramatic form of armed propaganda. Action was taken against symbolic targets in order to declare a state of emergency. But warnings were always called in, and by design  no one was ever hurt.

"When I say, ‘We didn’t do enough,’ a lot of people rush to think, ‘That must mean, "We didn’t bomb enough s—."’ But that’s not the point at all. It’s not a tactical statement, it’s an obvious political and ethical statement. In this context, ‘we’ means ‘everyone.’

"The war in Vietnam was not only illegal, it was profoundly immoral, millions of people were needlessly killed. Even though I worked hard to end the war, I feel to this day that I didn’t do enough because the war dragged on for years after the majority of the American people came to oppose it. I don’t think violent resistance is necessarily the answer, but I do think opposition and refusal is imperative."

I don’t think violent resistance is NECESSARILY the answer?

- jpt

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