Landowners and law-abiding citizens should be heartened by an Oct. 31 guilty plea in Los Angeles. That's when Sara Jane Olson — a 53-year-old, Minnesota “soccer mom” — pleaded guilty to attempting to pipe bomb police cars in 1975.
The bombs, which didn't explode, were in retaliation for the killing by LA police of six of Olson's Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) buddies in a shootout two years earlier. The SLA was a bunch of pathetic “revolutionaries” best known for — besides getting themselves shot up — kidnapping heiress Patty Hearst.
On the lam for 20 years, Olson, whose real name is Kathleen Ann Soliah, was arrested a couple of years ago near the upscale home she shares with her doctor-husband and three kids in St. Paul, MN. Olson denounced her arrest and claimed she was just an everyday wife and mother being victimized by a police-led conspiracy.
Leftist pinheads rallied to her cause, protesting her prosecution and claiming her exemplary life as a homemaker and community activist made up for her youthful try at attempted murder. Meanwhile, Olson basked in her celebrity, thumbing her nose at law enforcement and publishing a “cute” cookbook called “Serving Time — America's Most Wanted Recipes.”
On the book's cover, Olson is pictured in a jig-like pose while clad in a prison-stripe apron and holding a spatula in one hand and a pair of handcuffs in the other.
Olson's smugness, however, evaporated with the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. Suddenly, the prospect of finding a sympathetic jury didn't look good.
So, after two years of posturing and stalling — and tens of thousands of tax dollars spent in readying the case for prosecution — Olson pleaded guilty in hopes of avoiding a lifetime's worth of free government lodging.
While Olson's comeuppance drips with sweet poetic justice, the repercussions reach far beyond freeze-dried hippies with cookbooks. It also affects morons like those that populate groups like the Animal Liberation Front and EarthFirst! — cowards who destroy public and private facilities and equipment in the name of animal rights and environmental extremism.
Americans no longer will ho-hum lawless acts of destruction conducted in the name of a social agenda. It's not that the public necessarily blessed this anarchy before Sept. 11, but in comfortable times of peace, prosperity and relative homeland security, these acts of terrorism didn't tweak much public worry or outcry.
Today, there's little ambivalence toward terrorism in the U.S., regardless of whether the perpetrating kooks are foreign or homegrown.
Not only are the populace more vigilant and demanding of action, but the tools and tactics at the disposal of law enforcement to pursue and prosecute these nut cases have been greatly bolstered.