Thursday, December 11, 2003

This is what I call ecoterrorism...

There's been a lot of talk about "ecoterrorists". Those nasty ecoterrorists! Oh, they'll sabotage innocent oil companies and land developers! Those rotten, nasty ecoterrorists!


What is an "ecoterrorist", anyway? The World Reference Library defines it as "someone who uses violence in order to acheive environmentalist aims". Sound like someone who is trying to defend the planet to me, someone who is trying to defend life! I mean, who's worse? The so-called ecoterrorist or the conglomerate who logs old growth forests? The fictional ecoterrorist or the oil company that kills a shoreline? The imaginary ecoterrorist or the developer who destroys a wetland? The bottom line is: what do you value - life or money?

But isn't it nice that we've let the uber-right steal our language from us so we think of the person defending life itself as a terrorist!

Now, if you want to see ecoterrorism, I'll show you ecoterrorism! But, before I do, let's redefine our terms. Ecoterrorism would be more accurately defined as someone who violently destroys the environment - like an oil company, DOW chemicals, the Republicans!

How's this for ecoterrorism? According to the article, global warming killed 150,000 people in 2000 and the death toll could double again in the next 30 years if current trends are not reversed. Now, that's what I call ecoterrorism.

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