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Why We Blink In Face Of Eco-Terror

Why We Blink In Face Of Eco-Terror

An environmental activist inspired by Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" takes hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters. This isn't the latest example of eco-terrorism, just the latest to be ignored.

It got wide play when union boss Richard Trumka accused Sarah Palin of inciting violence every time she speaks. President Obama recently accused Fox News host Glenn Beck of "stirring up" a "certain portion" of the American people with his "Restore Honor" rally. Gender orientation and "sexual identity" were recently added to the hate crimes list.

Yet those who say man is a plague upon the earth, ravaging its resources, exterminating its endangered species and heating it into oblivion are never accused of inciting anything when those who hear their words respond by marching into an office building to save the earth at gunpoint.

The gunman who entered the Discovery Channel headquarters was killed after he entered with a handgun and what were believed to be explosive devices, took three hostages and pointed his gun at one of them. He identified himself as James J. Lee and said, "I have a gun and I have a bomb. ... I have several bombs strapped to my body ready to go off."

In a rambling manifesto, Lee echoes the writings of President Obama's science adviser, John Holdren, railing against "disgusting human babies" and "parasitic infants" and insisting people should "disassemble civilization." His manifesto demanded that the Discovery Channel cease all programming about war, weapons or giving birth.

Court records show that Lee had been arrested on Feb. 21, 2008, on the sixth day of a protest at the Discovery building. Lee said at the time that he experienced an "awakening" when he watched former Vice President Al Gore's environmental documentary ''An Inconvenient Truth." Lee has said he was also inspired by "Ishmael," a novel by environmentalist Daniel Quinn. "Nothing is more important than saving ... the Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Elephants, Froggies, Turtles, Apes, Raccoons, Beetles, Ants, Sharks, Bears and, of course, the Squirrels. The humans? The planet does not need humans," he wrote.

As scary as this sounds, it is scarier to consider that this sentiment can be found in various forms in the bibliography of what is considered mainstream environmentalism.

In a recently rediscovered book, "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment," co-authored with Malthus fans Paul and Anne Ehrlich, Holdren, who holds the post of presidential assistant for science technology, revealed his similar pessimistic and apocalyptic views on all three topics. They are disturbing.

Like Lee, Holdren hates people and views them as the root of all planetary evil. Big families are a target of Holdren and the Ehrlichs, who write that they "contribute to general social deterioration by overproducing children" and "can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility."

Eco-terror groups such as the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front have long advocated violence, including arson and bombings, to save the earth and critters on it from the plague known as mankind. From firebombing ski resorts to torching medical labs, these environmental terrorists have been very active.

ELF's Web site at one point offered pointers on "Setting Fires With Electric Timers." The ALF posted commentary boasting that its "attacks on medical research continue today" and are aimed at producing "millions of dollars worth of damages and delays in the development of new treatments and cures."

People must die, in their view, to save Bambi.

Of course, no one will blame Al Gore for inciting hate and violence. No one will worry about a vast left-wing conspiracy to save the planet at all costs or that James Lee's extremist views are almost identical to those of the president's science adviser.

Hate comes only from the right, and when you're saving the earth, the end justifies the means. Neither human lives nor human freedom can stand in their way.