Just kidding. What an absurd thing for me to say. However, just yesterday, in Silver Spring Maryland, an act of ecco-terrorism took place. OK, so this guy was a lone pathetic wack-job but we have had those wing-nuts spiking trees out in California and occasionally Greenpeace steps a little over the line. So do we have cause to label all environmentalists potentially dangerous? Do they all belong to a violent, hateful and anti-American cause? Should the Audubon Society, World Wildlife Foundation and the Cousteau Society condemn the actions of this lunatic who attacked the Discovery Channel?
No more so than we should expect the Muslim community to be held accountable for the actions of Islamist terrorists. If we are afraid to allow mosques into our community because of the violent actions of a very minute element of fringe Muslim radicals, then why not the same fear of nature centers? I’ll bet James J. Lee spent some considerable time in one or two when he was a child. Is this where the seeds of violence were planted?
Of course, you can bet some loon will try seriously try to connect the Discovery Channel incident with environmentalists at large (which would include me). Just as you can bet that a few misanthropic ecco-nuts will applaud this poor fool’s “courageous martyrdom”. You will find misguided people everywhere. But the exception does not, in these cases, prove the rule.