Interview with Paul N. Ylvisaker
QUESTION 17
INTERVIEWER:

Is a rebellion a way to create power?

PAUL YLVISAKER:

There's no doubt about it.

INTERVIEWER:

No doubt about what?

PAUL YLVISAKER:

There's no doubt about it that rebellion creates its own kind of power. It is a power of fear, that, and, a willingness, then, of the, quote, "other side", in this case the established side, to negotiate where they wouldn't have negotiated before, take it seriously, that the state, in our case, was watching every minute of this thing, and television, press was on it. So rebellion does create its own sense of power. It also creates a sense of power in the community that's rebelling, "Finally, we have said who we are and are willing to die for it." Now the question is, can you cure or heal the situation and turn it into negotiating over legitimate demands, or do you escalate and continue the warfare. And, my, my sense of obligation was, "Let's not get into a Vietnam, this is, these are our people, and let's talk about their legitimate complaints."