On the one hand Bill Ayers did say that he had not bombed enough.
On the other hand he is a better wordsmith than bomb maker. Whatever else one might say about those cuddly idealists, they sucked as terrorists. Every mass destructionist from Timothy McVeigh to the Unabomber to Khalid Sheikh Muhammad was more successful than The Weather Underground. Their high water mark was blowing up three of their own members in Greenwich Village in 1970.
Had they studied basic chemistry as fervently as they studied Maoism, the Weather Underground would have sparked a trail of tears from the Pentagon to New York to Fort Dix. And let it be said that the pretty boys and girls did their best. They tried to kill cops and soldiers and judges. No lack of effort on their part. Regarding the device that created three Marxist martyrs: That bomb had been intended for detonation at a dance that was to be attended by hundreds of Army soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Ayers himself attested that the bomb would have done serious damage, “tearing through windows and walls and, yes, people too.” (Note: When Ayers says people he is probably referring to the wives and girlfriends of soldiers. Soldiers were viewed as less than human by the precursors of Hope and Change.)
Then again, maybe Billy would like to recapture the magic of his youth. Of the day he bombed the Pentagon he wrote, “Everything was absolutely ideal.... The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.” As I recall the birds were singing and the skies were blue on April 15 of this year.
Back to the other hand, the Weather Underground is credited with thirty bombings. That is a career distinguished by longevity if not proficiency. These guys were not one hit wonders. All those years on the road take a toll, man. Better to stay in the cozy confines of academia. How could this sagacious guru possibly return to his first love at this stage of life? Terrorism is a young man's game. Let the kids have their fun.
Oh but Billy still has that sparkle in his eye. "I don't regret setting bombs," said Ayers in 2001, "I feel we didn't do enough." Contemplating whether or not he might again use bombs against the U.S. sometime in the future, he wrote: “I can’t imagine entirely dismissing the possibility.”
And we too, should not entirely dismiss the possibility.