Thirty years later, they still react as if stung by a bee. This is how emotionally charged their memories are of their 'red years.' The period when their lives were determined by revolutionary ardour, by sincere indignation with the injustice in the world, but also by adventure and recklessness. Former members of a Dutch radical left-wing organisation in the early 1970s look back on their actions, violent attacks and victims. They were prepared to fight, place bombs and use weapons. Some of them still consider the armed struggle "a technical matter." Others, on the contrary, feel uncomfortable with the issues involving violence and making victims.
In the shadow of the German Rote Armee Fraktion, they carried out bomb attacks against the Vietnam War and capitalist society. When a group of them went to Yemen to take part in a Palestinian guerrilla training, the point of no return seemed to have passed. Their instructor, RAF member Peter-Jürgen Boock, who later kidnapped Schleyer, remembers those Dutch very well. Were they fit to be terrorists? And will they ever shed this stigma?