Let us devoutly hope that the bad blood in Olympia over vandalism doesn’t escalate into a petty tit-for-tat cycle of reprisal.
Some anonymous idiot Tuesday night broke several windows of the apartment of a self-described anarchist, Daniel Kyle Wilson. Two days earlier, The News Tribune and The Olympian newspaper had featured Wilson in a front-page article on anarchism.
Running with the story was a photograph of Wilson throwing a rock at a bank window during a 2008 May Day march in Olympia. The photographer was The Olympian’s Tony Overman, whose house was recently vandalized, apparently by fudge-brained radicals angered by the fact that police used his photos to prosecute Wilson and others.
It appears that Wilson was given the Overman treatment by someone who read the article and decided to reward vandalism with more vandalism. Brilliant: That kind of eye-for-an-eye logic drives half the violence in the world.
Wilson in fact had already been convicted of his crimes and done jail time. Case closed. Anyone who insists on visiting additional personal “justice” on him is no better than the self-anointed political messiahs who resort to thuggery because they can’t get the world to take them seriously.
Don’t like the way violence-prone arrested adolescents act? Don’t act like them.