If you need proof that militant White supremacists are monsters….

To most Americans, Timothy McVeigh is the perpetrator of the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history, a murderer whose 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City took the lives of 168 innocents, children included. But on the extremist fringes of society (mostly affiliated with the far right), McVeigh has become a hero. That’s according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s brief but troubling new report, “McVeigh Worship: The New Extremist Trend.”

It would be difficult to understate the calculated horror of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Timothy McVeigh parked a rental truck packed with fertilizer bombs in front of the building and walked away. Moments later, 168 innocent men, women, and children were dead, casualties in a war being fought in McVeigh’s overwrought imagination.

That someone could think to lionize McVeigh for being a mass murderer fairly boggles the mind and defies rational comprehension. The perpetrator of the worst terrorist act of domestic terrorism in American history is someone to be admired and held up as a martyr? I’m not certain it gets any sicker than that.

Timothy McVeigh Oklahoma City Bomber

Perhaps the biggest problem with militant anti-government extremists is their willingness to discount the value of human life (outside their own, of course). The deaths of innocent civilians, while certainly unfortunate, are considered part of the cost of defending liberty. You’ll hear talk about watering the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots…which is easy to do when the blood being spilled is neither yours nor that of those you love.

McVeigh was a sociopath who gave no consideration to the lives of those he took. His was a righteous cause, and any loss of life could and should be laid to the fortunes of war…at least so far as he was concerned.

Except that he was the only one at war.

“There seems to be a growing admiration for McVeigh in some extremist circles,” writes the SPCL’s Bill Morlin. He cites several examples of how McVeigh, who was executed in the summer of 2001, has been adopted as a martyr by anti-government extremists—often ones who also harbor white supremacist views.

Most troubling is the example of Jeremy Christian, who in May killed two men in Portland, Oregon, after they confronted him for harassing Muslim women on a train. Morlin notes that Christian had “praised the Oklahoma City bomber in a Facebook post. ‘May all the Gods Bless Timothy McVeigh — a TRUE PATRIOT!!!’ Christian wrote.”

McVeigh was similarly invoked during the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon between law enforcement and anti-government extremists affiliated with the Bundy clan and its Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.

That White supremacists are claiming Timothy McVeigh as a martyr and a hero should tell you everything you need to know about the moral vacancy and monstrosity of their movement. They don’t care about the lives of innocents, nor are they concerned witht the norms of decency and humanity. How can they credibly claim the moral high ground and believe government to be the enemy?

McVeigh was a monster, a mass murderer who calmly snuffed out the lives of 168 men, women, and children. That’s not heroic…and if you believe it him to be a hero you’ve forfeited whatever tenuous claim you may have had to humanity.

1 thought on “If you need proof that militant White supremacists are monsters….

  1. steeleweed

    “How can they credibly claim the moral high ground and believe government to be the enemy?” There is no particular connection between these two issues.

    One can indeed be justifiably opposed to the acts of government on many grounds. Whether that opposition should give rise to violence rather than political activism is a different matter.

    Disregard for innocent lives is not limited the the McVeighs of the world and one might note that the number of victims of all acts of private violence is trivial compared to state-supported violence. The biggest problem I have with the ‘mad bombers’ is less their choice of violent means but that they target the wrong people. Would McVeigh be considered such a monster if his bomb had only killed 168 politicians?


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