Journal Summer/Fall 2001
RHETORIC FROM YOUR FRIENDLY EDITOR!
Dear Friends of the
The harder they fight
you, the more you know you're being effective. I firmly believe
that this is true. And judging from the behavior of some representatives
of the "big timber" and "big oil", it's clear we're winning.
In the papers, and at
the recent hearing on Salmon Creek, this became crystal clear when
representatives of the companies exploiting the Allegheny National
Forest have been able to do nothing more than attack the credibility
of the Allegheny Defense Project. They've pulled out all the stops,
calling us "eco-terrorists", "radicals", "crazies", even going so
far as to, in a process that defies all logic, liken us to the Nazis
and the KKK.
In fact, we're seeing
this throughout the country. Recently a timber industry front group
launched a campaign to discredit the Dogwood Alliance, a coalition
of groups and citizens fighting chip mills throughout the Southeast,
by posting photos of Dogwood spokespeople on a website. Boise-Cascade
timber corporation has attacked the Rainforest Action Network's
What is clear here,
is that while we've been presenting fact after fact, the industry
and their apologists, realizing they've lost the information battle,
have sunk to various levels of shoolyard name-calling, bullying,
and outright lying. Clearly the writing is on the wall for the industry
gravy train that is the national forest timber sale program.
And let's not forget
the importance, in light of these attacks on the environmental movement
and world events, of reconfirming our commitment to non-violence.
For a wild Allegheny,
Rachel Martin, Editor