The more I read about the Pim Fortuyn assassination, the angrier I get. Josh Treviño is once again 100% on the money (07 MAY 2002 #5). The hard left nexus is evil. That it should have been an 'environmental activist' (i.e. radical green eco-terrorist) that killed Fortuyn should not come as a surprise. The very fact that members of PETA can say, and mean, "a rat is a dog is a boy" is evidence of their complete lack of a moral compass. If you are that far divorced from morality, then you are willing to believe that quite literally anything is justifed to advance your cause. It is simple luck that no one has been killed by Earth First! and the ELF in the States. They have, of course, caused millions of dollars worth of damage.
The difference between people like Pim Fortuyn's murderer and Greenpeace activists is just a matter of degree. Once you no longer fear the moral sanction that illegality provides, then actions like burning down a $12 million ski complex or trampling a GM crop trial are just points on a continuum. The radical red-green axis is so convinced of its righteousness that it is willing to commit outrages. They are in no wise different to the murderers of the Red Brigades or Baader-Meinhof, or the Islamofascists. They should be combatted in the same way. The first thing to do would be to make sure that if and when they are brought to trial the sentences are punitive and exemplary. Something like burning down a medical research centre should get life without parole. Destroying a GM crop trial, ten years, say. Beating a director of a legal business involved in developing life-saving treatments (e.g. Huntingdon Life Sciences), 25 years. Killing someone who advocates re-legalising fur farming - the needle. Of course that was in Holland so the murderer will be out in ten years (only doctors get to give people lethal injections there).
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