Sarah Palin, Republican candidate for the office of Vice-President, has asserted that Barack Obama has "palled around with terrorists". In particular, she is referring to unrepentant radical William Ayres, formerly of the Weatherman Underground Organization of the 1960’s and 1970"s. Bill Ayres denies ever being a terrorist, but Sarah Palin says he "is" a terrorist, not "was" one.
Ayres was never convicted of terrorism, nor was his wife, Bernadette Dohrn. Other radicals of the era are alive and well in American society today and many remain unrepentant of their motives and deeds just two or three decades ago. In some cases, people were killed as a result of their activities.
Does this mean that if Sarah Palin become Vice-President of the U.S. that she will seek to prosecute such people as terrorists? Will she simply imprison them without trial and throw away the key? How serious is Sarah Palin in claiming that "once a terrorist, always a terrorist"?
And does that philosophy apply to terrorists of other nationalities? It is common knowledge that any numbers of Zionist militants were self-identified as terrorists, including the late Menachem Begin, the late Yitzhak Rabin, and the (barely alive) Ariel Sharon. Should the U.S. extradite Sharon in his comatose condition and try him for terrorism, too?
How many Zionists alive in Israel should be considered as terrorists today since they were self-defined as such in their heyday?
If Barack Obama is to be chastised for "palling around with terrorists", then what about George W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Dick Cheney, even John McCain? All of these people have palled around with Sharon and other former terrorists of the Zionist movement.
Or does the treatment of "terrorists" depend on whether they are "our" terrorists or "their" terrorists? It is common knowledge that a number of Bush Administration officials are at risk in the future of being tried in any number of jurisdictions, both inside and outside the U.S. for murder, for terrorism, and for crimes against humanity. Vicent Bugliosi, who successfully prosecute Charles Manson for murder, has laid out a case for prosecution of George W. Bush for murder and has challenged American judicial and law enforcement officials to stiffen their backbones and bring Mr. Bush to trial.
Clearly, the rhetoric at play today is heated. Clearly, the stakes are high. Clearly laws have been broken and people have died in violation of law.
If Sarah Palin is put in office, which "terrorists" will she prosecute and which ones will she offer tacit forgiveness? Will Bill Ayres spend the rest of his life in prison? What about George W. Bush? Will they be cellmates? The National Inquirer could not have dreamed up a better scenario for investigation.