Throughout the piece, Ayers is as in denial of his past as O.J. Simpson, trying to argue how the Weather Underground group weren't really terrorists while rationalizing his group's violent acts.
"Peaceful protests had failed to stop the war. So we issued a screaming response. But it was not terrorism; we were not engaged in a campaign to kill and injure people indiscriminately, spreading fear and suffering for political ends."
Lies. Coming from the same scum who once said, "Kill all the rich people. ... Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents."
What were Ayer's then girlfriend and other Weathermen killed in a 1970 Greenwich Village explosion planning to do with the bomb they were building? They were planning to set if off at a non-commissioned officers' dance at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. This was followed by the WU's "Declaration of War" on "Amerika," written by Ayers' wife, Bernardine Dohrn.
All over the world, people fighting Amerikan imperialism look to Amerika's youth to use our strategic position behind enemy lines to join forces in the destruction of the empire.
Black people have been fighting almost alone for years. We've known that our job is to lead white kids to armed revolution. We never intended to spend the next five or twenty-five years in jail. ....Tens of thousands have learned that protest and marches don't do it. Revolutionary violence is the only way.
Now we are adapting the classic guerrilla strategy of the Tuparmaros to our own situation here in the most technically advanced country in the world.
Che taught us that "revolutionaries move like fish in the sea." The alienation and contempt that young people have for this country has created the ocean for this revolution.
...The parents of the "privileged" kids have been saying for years that the revolution was a game for us. But the war and racism of this society show that it is too fucked up. We will never live peaceably under this system.
Then there is this excerpt from Ayers' 1974 Communist inspired manifesto, Prairie Fire.
"We believe that carrying out armed struggle will effect the people's consciousness of the nature of the struggle against the state. By beginning the armed struggle, the awareness of its necessity will be furthered. ...Revolutionary action generates revolutionary consciousness; growing consciousness develops revolutionary action. Action teaches the lessons of fighting, and demonstrates that armed struggle is possible. ...The cities will be a major battleground, for the overwhelming majority of people live in the cities; the cities are our terrain.
Ayers' lies are just a continued glorification of the 1960's anti-American radicalism, which popular culture and education has glorified for preceding generations in the hopes they would carry on. Never once have they mentioned that the 1960's anti-war movements were led entirely by domestic Communist organizations for the express purpose of Communist victory in Vietnam.
And of course, Ayers is too much of a coward to be questioned about these matters, so leave it to a sympathetic leftist rag like the New York Slimes to print his garbage.