One last bucket of ice cream

By: Deek

A new 2 hour special is set to air on MSNBC on Monday, April 19th. called The McVeigh Tapes. The date will mark the 15 year anniversary of the bomb attack committed by Timothy McVeigh in 1995 in Oklahoma City. 168 people including 3 pregnant woman and a 3 month old child died. It was the deadliest act of terrorism in the US before 9/11. McVeigh was executed by lethal injection in 2001 in Indiana after his last meal of a bucket of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

The video was cut down from more than 20 hours of recordings. In it he describes his motives, plans, and feelings about the events- post sentencing. He states the reasoning behind the attack was retaliation against the US government for past incidents such as Waco and Ruby Ridge.

So I guess to some people killing people is a good way to avenge the death of people. The US bureau of alcohol tobacco and firearms kills some civilians… McVeigh kills 168 people to retaliate… and the US then kills McVeigh to retaliate against him. How does killing someone teach them or anyone else that killing is wrong?

It’s similar to what’s going on in the Middle East right now. Most of the young soldiers of the 89 billion military factions who are at war don’t even know what they’re fighting for. They are either brainwashed into thinking their enemy is the devil or they are fighting as a form of retaliation. I saw a 24 year old university graduate from Gaza state on camera that he must attack Israel because his family was killed by Israeli’s. He then goes on to say War brings war. Peace brings peace. That statement makes no f***ing sense.

Back in the 60s and 70s there was a left wing group called The Weathermen mostly comprised of students who were against the extremely botched Vietnam War and other injustices done by the US government. They led a shitload of attacks on government institutions including planting bombs during the time of the Vietnam violence. However, they planned each one in a way such that no one would ever be hurt. Every one was successful up until one of the last operations- the one where they killed 2 cops and a security guard while robbing a brinks truck… (by this time the group had somewhat fell apart as far as organization) but disregarding that one fuck up I think what they did was pretty groovy, man- especially aiding in Timothy Leary’s prison escape and flying him to Argentina.

At the end of the day I am not sure you can really say they did anything to actually stop violence. Each time they protested or had a rally the government stood more defiant towards them… and kept doing their thing.

At least they stood up for something though, and showed regular every day citizens of North America that you are a tangible thing that has a say, and sometimes more than just a say. You can affect reality. Sometimes the people have to put their foot down and go beyond words to show their government that. You can’t always order around the tribesmen. We aren’t all sheep. Without protest we would allow the world to slip into the totalitarian 1984 state.

There is only one actual rule and it has to do with Karma. Don’t hurt anybody. Let people do whatever the hell they want as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody. That rule when applied can do great things. Ghandi had it right I think… It starts with one person. You show people the way and if it works people will follow it. Simple. No need to go bombing shit just because some shit was bombed in the past.

Fighting fire with fire will never put out flames.


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