The writer was already a leftist and protested the Vietnam War and the current war in Iraq, but now he’s made statements that are quite notably misguided in the least, perhaps moderately stupid… heck, putting bad guys on a pedestal for the wrong reasons with wrong sentiments is one of those things I cannot let go of. Kathryn Jean Lopez notes that “Kurt Vonnegut Praises Terrorists.” I cannot improve on her words.

Kurt Vonnegut’s words:

discussing his views with The Weekend Australian, Vonnegut said it was “sweet and honourable” to die for what you believe in, and rejected the idea that terrorists were motivated by twisted religious beliefs.

“They are dying for their own self-respect,” he said. “It’s a terrible thing to deprive someone of their self-respect. It’s like your culture is nothing, your race is nothing, you’re nothing.”

Asked if he thought of terrorists as soldiers, Vonnegut, a decorated World War II veteran, said: “I regard them as very brave people, yes.”

Mr. Vonnegut defends terrorism.

Vonnegut suggested suicide bombers must feel an “amazing high”. He said: “You would know death is going to be painless, so the anticipation – it must be an amazing high.”

I honestly cannot make a better observations about what this man is saying.

Vonnegut’s comments are sharply at odds with his reputation as a peace activist and his distinguished war service. He served in the US 106th Division and was captured by German forces at the Battle of the Bulge.

Taken to Dresden and held with other POWs in a disused abattoir, Vonnegut witnessed the appalling events of February 13-14, 1945, when 800 RAF Lancaster bombers firebombed the city, killing an estimated 100,000 civilians.

I’ll point out that terrorists target innocents and innocents specifically. Morally these actions are indefensible. Man is free to explore monster as he wishes, but I’m not always thrilled at the findings, when they look like these.