Well, we’ve had yet another wave of eco terrorism. This time in Seattle. I’m blown away by these fuckin’ morons who honestly think that burning down some rich dudes house is going to bring more people into the fold and onto the side of environmentalism. Sure, that’s gonna work. We all know that the best way to get someone to agree with you is to stab them in the gut. Idiots!
I loath bastards like this. ELF, the Earth Liberation Front, and others of their ilk, disgust me. They miss the point completely. (Not to mention the irony of setting a modern house ablaze and the environmental hazard that causes!) The point is not to scare people who don’t see a problem with the environment into submission. It’s to actually convince them that there is a problem. they have to actually believe it.
By doing this kind of bullshit, all you do is piss them off (and piss off otherwise earth-friendly people like me) and entrench them MORE. Think about what happened after 911. Bin Laden was convinced that what he was doing was gonna somehow change America. What an idiot! Instead he awakened a monstrous dragon with W at the helm. Stupid indeed.
If they want war, the environment will suffer.
The Third Wave responded to these attacks as follows:
Peacemaking is about healing. What ELF and Earth First! and other such organizations don’t understand is that the job of environmentalists isn’t too harass and malign. If you ask me, it’s not even about having clean water and clean air, it’s not about saving species from extinction or making sure we emit less CO2. No. Environmentalism is about healing; it’s about striving towards a more harmonious interaction between humanity and everything else. Once we have that, clean water, clean air, species preservation…all these things will come together.
But we can’t force healing through violence. If there’s one thing we as a species should’ve learned by now, it’s that killing doesn’t solve problems; it puts them off while creating new ones. And while ecoterrorists, it’s true, don’t murder and kill, it’s also true that destroying property is also not a healing activity. It’s detrimental. It destroys, it hurts, it causes more brokenness.
Now that IS the point.