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Mug shots of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn
Former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers, a close associate for years to President Obama, is seeking to create a “peace movement.”
“I think that what we need is a peace movement, and I’m trying to build one,” Ayers said in a street interview Tuesday with Peter Doocy of FoxNews.com.
When asked how he plans to build his “peace movement,” Ayers replied: “Well, I mean, how do you build a movement? How do you build a civil rights movement or peace movement? Look at history. All kinds of ways, but what we need is to stop spending billions of dollars on war and we need to invest in being a nation among nations and giving up on the insanity of thinking we can conquer the world.”
Ayers previously has alluded to creating a “peace” movement to “save” Obama’s presidency.
“With any luck, the peace movement, the justice movement can save his (Obama’s) presidency. … So to me the injunction is to get busy and build a movement,” Ayers stated in an April 2009 interview with The Commentary Factory.com.
Also, in a February 2009 speech at the University of California at Berkeley, Ayers emphasized “intergenerational cooperation” as the key to building a peace movement in the modern day.
Ayers, Dohrn stir chaos in Middle East
Ayers lately has been involved with pro-Palestinian activism.
Last month, WND reported Ayers and his wife, Weather Underground co-founder Bernardine Dohrn, were involved in provoking chaos on the streets of Egypt in an attempt to enter the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to join in solidarity with the territory’s population and leadership.
The protests were led in large part by Jodie Evans, co-founder of Code Pink, a far-left activist organization formed in 2002 to protest America’s war in Iraq. The group previously met with Hamas and with leaders of the Taliban. Evans was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obama’s presidential campaign.
Also protesting in Egypt was Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the anti-Israel Electronic Intifada website. WND previously reported Obama spoke at pro-Palestinian events in the 1990s alongside Abunimah. In one such event, a 1999 fundraiser for Palestinian “refugees,” Abunimah recalls introducing Obama on stage.
In May, Ayers and Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., who also sparked controversy for Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, spoke at a Chicago church to a gathering called by the Oak Park-based Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine. The talk at the church reportedly preceded a 1-mile walk of solidarity through downtown Oak Park.
Close Obama associate
Ayers became a name in the 2008 presidential campaign when it was disclosed the radical worked closely with Obama for years.
Ayers helped launch Obama’s political career with a fundraiser in his home. Obama served on the board of a Chicago nonprofit alongside Ayers. The former terrorist later hired Obama to serve as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a job Obama later cited as experience that helped qualify him to run for public office.
While at the CAC, Obama and Ayers both granted funds to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.
WND columnist Jack Cashill has produced a series of persuasive arguments that it was Ayers who ghostwrote Obama’s award-winning autobiography, “Dreams from My Father.”
Ayers and Dohrn were two of the main founders of the Weather Underground, which bombed the New York City Police headquarters in 1970, the Capitol in 1971 and the Pentagon in 1972. The group was responsible for some 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S.
Characterizing the Weather Underground as “an American Red Army,” Ayers summed up the organization’s ideology: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, Kill your parents.”
“Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon,” Ayers recalled in his 2001 memoir, “Fugitive Days.” “The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.”
Ayers brandished his unrepentant radicalism for years to come, as evidenced by his now notorious 2001 interview with the New York Times, published one day after the 9/11 attacks, in which he stated, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.”
Ayers posed for a photograph accompanying the New York Times piece that showed him stepping on an American flag. He said of the U.S.: “What a country. It makes me want to puke.”
With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott