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September 3, 2010
Environmental terrorism: Alive, well and dangerous.
"Environmental Doom or the Human Race is Bad to Have Around" should have been the title of James J. Lee's manifesto. By now, many should be familiar with the case of the militant environmentalist and hostage-taker, James J. Lee. He is now dead, killed by police because Lee himself was a threat to the life and environment of others.
Lee disparaged the human race. He must have been since he saw the human baby as a parasite, and I suspect, anyone who disagreed with him was no doubt a parasite as well. He was a militant and that is the way a militant thinks is, if you're not for me, you're against.
Again, Lee is dead. God rest his soul. I do suspect that he did not see the soul in the same sense that I, as a Christian, define the soul. By his very act shows me otherwise. All the same, his ‘torment' was stopped by a policeman's bullet as he threatened the lives of others.
It is easy to say Lee was mentally unbalanced. The fact is no one knows what his mental state was. No one can answer that now.
Also, what people don't know is that militant environmentalists are more common then they think. They are everywhere. In America and around the world, setting fire to car dealerships, and sky resorts, or raiding research facilities, destroying years of research and causing millions of dollars in damage, and maybe, one day, releasing very contagious animals into the wider world, they say they care so much about.
Yes, environmentalism has its fanatics, the true believers, who will do things others call crimes, but the militant does not respect the law. The law is in the way of their great truth, which is the ‘sanctity' of the environment and whatever they believe is encompassed by that word. Human law, justice, property and life does not appear to be part of their creed.
Environmental terrorism also called Eco-terrorism has its own history, and actually, G. K. Chesterton a great man of letters, who deserves a wider readership, wrote on the subject at the beginning of the dawn of the 20th century:
"The essence of all pantheism, evolutionism, and modern cosmic religion [added environmentalism here] is really in this proposition: that Nature is our mother. Unfortunately, if you regard Nature as a mother, you discover that she is a step-mother. The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate.... To St. Francis, Nature is a sister, and even a younger sister: a little, dancing sister, to be laughed at as well as loved. (Orthodoxy, 1908)
If James J. Lee thought of the environment in this fashion, he would not be dead.
* * * * * *If you use search terms like ALF terrorism, ELF terrorism, Eco-terrorism, a list of hits will included historical sources current information, news items, FBI and other legal information. Here's a sample:
FBI, ATF address domestic terrorism
(Eco-Terrorism: Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).
Ecoterrorism: Extremism in the Animal Rights and Environmentalist Movements
Animal Liberation Front (ALF) Domestic Terrorism
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Connection to terrorist groups
"The Threat of Eco-Terrorism"
4 Indicted In Vail Resort Eco-Terrorism