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Posted on Mar 3, 2008 in Across the US, Activism, Terrorism

Another Eco-Terror Attack?

Most of the time that I criticize people for being hypocrites, it is all in good fun and just my way of lightly sharing my disagreement.

However, when it comes to the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), I don’t think that there are enough words out there for me to describe my confusion and shock at some of their actions.

While they claim to have a motive for each action, I don’t think that there has been one that actually makes sense.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with ELF, its an underground eco-terrorist organization that has carried out some vary effective attacks, all under the claim that what they are doing is for the benefit of the environment; its basically their way of stopping polluters for polluting anymore.

In the past, they have torched Hummer dealerships, completely charred neighborhoods in Maryland, and the list goes on.

Today, ELF has once again carried out another set of attacks on homes in Washington that are by no standards small, but more importantly, are not seen as good for the environment by those at ELF.

From CNN.com:

(CNN) — Fire engulfed five luxury homes Monday morning at a subdivision north of Seattle in what could be a case of ecoterrorism, officials said.

A sign with the letters “ELF” was found at the scene of the fires in the “Street of Dreams” development in Woodinville, Washington, said Chief Rick Eastman of Snohomish County Fire District No. 7.

Eastman did not say if the sign is believed to be from the Earth Liberation Front, which the FBI has called an ecoterrorist group.

“Built green? Nope black!” the sign reads, according to an image from CNN affiliate KING-TV in Seattle. The sign calls the homes “McMansions.”

With all due respect, I don’t think it takes a statement from an official to realize that this is the act of ELF.

Regardless, this organization that tries to paint itself as the premier defender of the environment has quite the insane way of getting things done.

First (the obvious), ELF carries itself in such a way that is so hypocritical to their mission, that I don’t think that anyone who has even the smallest sense of logic would consider their actions to make sense.

I haven’t crunched the numbers, but I think that it is safe to assume that that the amount of dangerous gases that were released into the environment by the burning of these homes, with all the chemicals that they have on them, paint, etc, is probably much smaller than the amount that any house, even those of the size targeted, would generate over the course of a few years.

Second, what sort of organization that would like to be seen as credible does everything anonymously? When they don’t disclose their names, they might scare a few people, but at the same time they are also making themselves look like cowards. Come on, even Osama Bin-Laden, public enemy #1 release tapes with his face and demands every now and then.

Groups like ELF and ALF (Animal Liberation Front) are ones that I always find myself joking about when I’m filling up my tank, but whenever they take action like this, there is really nothing to joke about – these people are just complete idiots.

One of these days, they’re going to get too close to the kerosene.