Whatever your thoughts on the Oklahoma City bombing (small conspiracy or large conspiracy), I'm pretty sure we can all agree that Tim McVeigh was a retarded douchebag, right?
Well, maybe not. Kurt Nimmo of Infowars doesn't seem to think McVeigh was all that bad. Just a patsy, you might say. Except he was a patsy who freely admitted his guilt and showed zero remorse for the murder of 168 strangers, 19 of them preschool children. Nimmo apparently wants us to forget that part and focus solely on the unknown co-conspirators, including McVeigh's alleged FBI handlers. He thinks MSNBC's airing of McVeigh's confession, scheduled for the fifteenth anniversary of the bombing, is purely propagandistic, part of a larger effort to "set the stage for a coming false flag operation designed to take down the patriot movement in this country". (I don't think many Americans want to destroy the patriot movement; we just want the patriot movement to calm down, stop waving guns around literally and figuratively, and handle reality like sane adults. Is that too much to ask?)
As evidence of this plot to take down patriots, Nimmo points to the "outlandish allegations" against The Guardians of the Free Republics, a patriot group that recently sent a letter to each U.S. governor, asking him/her to resign from office. To read Nimmo's account, the Guardians simply sent requests to some politicians, and were unfairly accused of potentially inspiring others to violence.
The truth is a bit more complex. Yes, the Guardians seem to be a nonviolent and law-abiding group, but their March 31st letter ordered the 50 governors to resign within three days or "be removed". Before you go saying, "Wull that's not threatening at all!", pause and imagine getting a letter like this at your job. "Stop being a [your job title here] in three days or we'll stop you." Nonviolent? Yes. Creepy and menacing? Yes.
But I'm getting away from the point, here, which is this: Whether he was part of a larger conspiracy or not, and even though the ATF and FBI have done more than their fair share of dirty deeds, Timothy McVeigh was a killer and a white supremacist who tried to minimize his personal responsiblity by saying that the government "teaches by example". This must have been quite a blow to the relatives, peers, ministers, and mentors who also tried to teach McVeigh by example during his short life.
In trying to crack government conspiracies, let's not become apologists for guys like him.
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