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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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