Tuesday, April 19, 2005

10 Years Ago Today...

Timothy McVeigh, with the help of Terry Nichols, parked a truck bomb under the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The resulting explosing killed 168 people. It killed men and women who were just going to work and young children dropped off for day care.

The motivation for the bombing seems clear. McVeigh became angered with the government for the many civilian deaths during the seige of the Branch Dividian compound in Waco, Texas. What happened in Waco was a horrible tragedy and government actions there can only be called reckless endangerment at best. Instead of ensuring that what happened at Waco was rightfully addresses and that the victims were never forgotten, McVeigh went a different route. Almost exactly 2 years later, McVeigh killed more than twice as many more innoncent people in a terrorist act only surpassed by the events of September 11th. Ironically, McVeigh's actions has made it so that we remember Oklahoma City today and not Waco.

What lessons are there here? Terrorism often will take the focus away from the grevience that the terrorist has and put it on the acts themselves. Also, terrorism need not come from a foreign source: a few on the domestic fringe may betray their country as well.

Let us hope the victims and the events here are never forgotten no matter what larger tragedy may happen in the future.

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