Radio Commentary

September 16, 1997

Violent Eco-Nuts

f you watch or read any of the products of the mainstream media, you are probably aware of the radical-right militia movement. What you probably don’t know is that when it comes to violence, the radical green movement makes militias look like a group of Quakers.

A new book documenting the violent activities of the environmental left’s lunatic fringe has just hit the stands. Author Ron Arnold was inspired to write EcoTerror: The Violent Agenda to Save Nature when his friend Gil Murray of the California Forestry Association was killed by the Unabomber in Sacramento in 1995. For some time Arnold and Alan Gottlieb had been maintaining a database of all acts of terrorism committed by those who say they care about nature, but when a friend and colleague was killed by an industry hating, anti-civilization nutball, their work took on new significance. Arnold’s book contains an examination of the bizarre world of Ted Kaczynski, as well as a laundry list of crimes committed or alleged to have been committed by eco-terrorists.

And yes, incidents from the Silver State are included. For example, vandalism against ranchers in Elko, the bombing of a Bureau of Land Management office in Reno, and arson at a cow camp near Fallon. Are you likely to see a book review of EcoTerror in your local paper? No. Will you see its author interviewed on morning news programs or Nightline? No. In fact, your local bookstore probably won’t even carry the book. But if you’re interested in one of the most under-reported types of crime in the nation today, put in an order.u


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