William T. Hathaway: Sabotaging the U.S. Military for “Peace”


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If the claims of former Green Beret William T. Hathaway are true, then a new group of “peace” activists are trying to disable the U.S. military through sabotage. The agenda of this group isn’t limited to opposing war, though, as they ultimately want a revolution against the government and capitalism. And to make matters worse, Hathaway’s preaching isn’t limited to the far-left extremist fringe, as he is an adjunct professor of American Studies at the University of Oldenburg in Germany.

“Being peaceful doesn’t mean obeying a violent government, they say. They are helping soldiers to desert, destroying computer systems, trashing recruiting offices, burning military equipment, and sabotaging defense contractors,” Hathaway says of this new group of activists. These are not spontaneous acts of dissidence but a coordinated effort that involves “working underground in secret cells to undermine the U.S. military empire.”

Other acts of “protest” this group allegedly carries out include the sabotage of recruiting and ROTC offices by cutting telephone and electric wires, undermining military-related research at universities and smaller acts like the slashing of tires, theft of mail and putting glue into door locks. Chapter eight of his book, Radical Peace, is about a young woman whose friend is disabled after serving in Iraq and reacts by breaking the window of a military recruiting office with a rock. Chapter ten is about a man code-named “Trucker” who destroys government property, specifically by setting fire to military vehicles. All is permissible as long as the attacks do not cause bodily harm.

When FrontPage contacted Hathaway, he denied that he supported sabotage. “I understand the despair that drives them to it, and I don’t condemn them for it, but property destruction is not for me,” he said.

Hathaway and his colleagues’ motivation comes from a belief that capitalism and especially the U.S. military are fundamentally evil. His work is an attack on the integrity of all loyal servicemen. Chapter three consists of a discussion with a homosexual refugee from Afghanistan who argues in favor of moral equivalency between the U.S. Army and the Taliban, for example. Chapter 11 is about how a peace activist was assaulted by soldiers, causing her to decide to start “subverting from within” by becoming a military chaplain.

Another chapter consists of a talk with an Iraqi student whose brother is in Iran developing missiles to destroy American military aircraft, motivated by the abuses committed against their family by American soldiers. Unsurprisingly, Hathaway refers to him as a “resistance fighter.” The student is not challenged when she says, “Even fanatics like al-Qaeda aren’t really aggressors. They’re fighting a defensive war.” Hathaway confirmed to FrontPage that he agreed with the student, saying “Their [Al-Qaeda] violence is miniscule compared to ours” and called their struggle a “defensive war.”

Terrorist groups are given a light treatment while U.S. soldiers are portrayed as ignorant barbarians bringing misery to all of mankind. Another portion of the book is about a high school teacher named Judy Davis who, Hathaway claims, was fired and “blacklisted” for teaching that U.S. foreign policy provokes terrorism.

In one of the more strange ideas put forth by Hathaway, he argues that sexuality is responsible for war-mongering. “Understanding the effects that our culturally imposed gender roles have on us is crucial to understanding why we go to war. One attraction of war is that it is a substitute for eroticism; it is the ultimate sexual perversion,” he says. This is part of an overall anti-male, radical feminist message that blames fathers as the “spear carriers of patriarchy.” One disturbing element of the book is about a romance between a mother and her son who has come back from war, offering it as a lesson in breaking this patriarchal dictatorship on society.

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  • Jim

    Being an adjunct professor is as close as you can get to being an academic nobody.
    It is not a starting level position.
    His record suggests that no university found him to be qualified enough to be hired at the lowest Professoral rank.
    Why is he in Germany? Has he an affection for Germany or did he have to go that far to get a job?
    They are an anology to a graduate teaching assistant except the adjunct get paid more but has less job security.

    • Taxpayer1234

      No, you're wrong: Being an adjunct professor IS being an academic nobody. For 20 years, I've been nobody to academia, but somebody to my many students. That's what really matters, anyway.

  • Cuban Refugee

    Reading about this misguided man who has an influence on young minds actually made me nauseous because there is an army of professors like him both in and outside the U.S. working as agents of subversion and indoctrination. Cloward and Piven's evil plan is coming to fruition, and it is useful idiots like Hathaway who will implement it to its malevolent climax. An endorsement from Noam Chomsky is as useful as one from Michael Moore or any of the other loons who work to bring down our republic — it only serves to illustrate that a repellent radical is teaching German children to inject inhumanity and chaos deep into what he would call our "collective consciousness."

  • antifascist18

    just another retard. I'm surprised he was even in the Green Berets. But given the tenor of the military in recent years, maybe not. After all, they (the RINO Bobby Gates's Pentagon) allowed a Palestinian Moslem and Jihadist Nidal Hussan to get Major's rank to kill our troops.

  • 4b1

    can someone confirm his record of actually being a green beret and being in vietnam?

  • Doug

    There are lots of guys in Europe like that, some are "professors" at universities there whose administrations are just ever so slightly left of center, especially in the history, journalism, and other humanities type departments. My guess is he is a guy who may have been in Vietnam, but given the rate at which vets over here lie about what they did, what are the chances? Then he has a fawning university audience to be the American to, in much the same way as Michael Moore has been. If I am wrong about this, so be it, but he is not alone. This is not to say that all American expats who take up residence in Europe are leftist malcontents, I love Germany and it can be a great place to live, IF you can put up the occasional (in some venues more common…) remarks about what the US is doing in the world.

    • Chiggles

      If that's a recent photo he wouldn't be nearly old enough for Vietnam. If his DOB and claimed years of service can be discovered, it will be a simple task to write to the National Personel Records Center in St Louis for the publically releasable portion of his service record. I did this for Ward Churchills once and learned that, while he had been to VN, his claims to be a LRRP and paratrooper and a combat vet at all were lies

  • USMCSniper

    America was a great county when neighbors cared about each other and pitched in and took some pride in who they were and where they came from. What have we become when the national pastime is now Internet arguments about supporting foreigners who want to weaken our very system and way of life? Lately, Europe has become a safe haven for Self Hating American Apologists spreading their messages to hate. have no problem when Americans want to bitch about having to pay taxes or Obama being an idiot etc, but when people start bringing down my country, they're walking on the fighting side of me, as Merle Haggard so eloquently put it. A good ass wuppin is what this clown needs!

  • Pappy86us

    Simple, just put a bullet in the man's grape.

  • Stephen_Brady

    This guy actually thinks that women will bring about world peace? This alone disqualifies him for teaching at the college level …

  • fmobler

    I wouldn't worry about this guy as far as his having an academic safe haven. In Germany, "adjuncts" are not even second class members of the academy. They are exploited bottom feeders. The worry is that he will manage to gin up some other means of support once he is eventually tossed out of the academy.

  • Steve Stacey

    Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the spiritual teacher from India who brought Transcendental Meditation to the West, would be completely opposed to the anti-military activities of Hathaway. Maharishi, being a member of the religious community, was a great defender of traditional values and traditional societal roles. Although he was not a soldier, he was born into the Warrior caste and considered the occupation of soldier to be the holiest of all occupations because the warrior was "willing to give up his breath so that others could have breath." If Mr. Hathaway desires world peace he should put his efforts towards experiencing God ontologically and towards discouraging other radical neurotics from trying to tear down a dharmically valid division of society.

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