From the pages of The Realist ¥ Number 137, Autumn 1997 (P.O. Box 1230, Venice, CA 90294; $2)

Excerpts from: Timothy McVeigh: American Hero

The following is reprinted from an anonymous leaflet:

It’s true! Timothy McVeigh is a Great American and a Hero to many pro-American patriots.

Wes Cross, in the newsletter of South Carolina’s “United Militias,” has described McVeigh and his army buddies as “Great Americans” and “Heroes to all patriotic Americans” for their role in the bombing murders of innocent men, women, and children.

Former president George Bush has also spoken up on national television to congratulate Timothy McVeigh and his accomplices, describing the bombing as “just and necessary.”

McVeigh and his peers were also characterized as “America’s finest” by retired general Colin Powell. Even the Liberal Media has fallen into line with these sentiments. News anchorman Dan Rather offered “congratulations on a job well-done” to the bombers, while his competition Ted Koppel praised the “efficiency” of the killings. Koppel even stated on his news program that “the good news [of the bombing] led to a rather unique feeling of euphoria throughout the nation.”

Some public opinion polls corroborated this, claiming as many as 80 percent of Americans professed “support” for Timothy McVeigh and “the troops” in their bombing attack against even civilian government buildings, not unlike the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Destroyed in the bombing, besides the Baghdad city hall, Iraqi supreme court, and the central post office, were electrical power plants, water pumping stations, dams, municipal water and sewage facilities, oil tankers, oil refineries, oil pipelines, cement plants, textile factories, car plants, a rubber factory, TV stations, radio stations, phone exchanges, offices, cafes, hotels, markets, and nightclubs.

Two fully operating nuclear reactors were also bombed, adding nuclear terrorism to the list of war crimes committed by McVeigh and company. Also among the bombed: busy highway traffic, civilian hospitals, including a mental hospital and a maternity hospital, schools, mosques, civilian homes, grain silos, wheat fields, farm buildings, a vegetable oil factory, a sugar factory, frozen meat storage, food warehouses, a tractor assembly plant, pesticide storage, a baby milk powder factory, and a major fertilizer plant.

A Pepsi-Cola plant and several Christian churches were also hit in the bombing perpetrated by the well-armed right-wing “self-defense” group calling itself “the Allied Forces.”

An estimated 25,000 civilians were killed in the bombing (see Ramsey Clark’s The Fire This Time). Another 25,000 civilians were killed indirectly by the bombing. At least 100,000 more civilians have died since the end of the bombing due to lack of food, medicine, and clean water.

McVeigh has also been implicated in other, smaller acts of terrorism.

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