By GREG PECK
June 23, 2010
Pardon me if I shed no tears over the death of Dwight Armstrong. As
the Associated Press reports in today's Gazette, Armstrong was a
heavy smoker and died Sunday at UW Hospital in Madison after battling
Last year, I read the book "Rads." It's a fascinating yet disturbing
account of the Sterling Hall bombing on the UW-Madison campus during
the era of Vietnam War protests. The target of Dwight and his older
brother and ring leader, Karl, was the Army Math Research Center, on
the building's upper floors.
They planted the bomb at night when they thought no one would be in
the building. Yet it killed a top young physicist, Robert Fassnacht,
who was working overnight on a physics experiment. The blast injured
three others and damaged dozens of campus buildings.
Maybe you agreed with Vietnam War protesters. I was just 13 at the
time, so I had yet to form political viewpoints.
However, if you sympathize with the tactics of the Armstrongs and
David Fine and Leo Burtwho never has been foundare you not also
accepting that today's incidents of U.S. terrorism and large-scale
domestic violence are somehow justified in the name of some greater good?