Why We Should Be Paying VERY Close Attention to the Oregon Standoff
Unless you're paying very close attention to the news you've probably not heard about the so-called "Oregon national refuge standoff," other than a passing reference and a little time spent announcing there had been a shootout with some of the leaders of the group who have staged an armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
You should have heard about this. In fact, we should be paying very close attention to it.
In 1993 there was a long standoff between the FBI and a group of religious cultists, known as the Branch Davidians. That ended terribly, in two ways. First, on April 19, 1993, the feds decided they'd had enough of the standoff and stormed the compound. The buildings, constructed of flimsy material, was easily combustible and caught fire. In the end, the place burned to the ground, killing 80 people.
Two years later, to the day, a man who felt the government was too intrusive in the Branch Davidian standoff and upset over the violent way it ended, decided to take revenge on the U.S. government. You may have heard of him: his name was Timothy McVeigh, and he was the man who parked a Ryder truck full of explosive material in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. In his statements and writings McVeigh expressed anger about the Branch Davidians (his driver's license reportedly showed his birthday as "April 19" as a sign of his anger). McVeigh had also referenced other standoffs between civilians and federal agencies, including Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge (where his wife and child were killed during a shootout that also left an ATF agent dead), as part of his "rationale" for "getting even with the government" by killing 168 innocent men, women, and children in Oklahoma City.
We hear a lot about terrorism and the fear from ISIS operatives "sneaking" into the country with refugees (or even on valid passports [remember, the 9/11 mastermind was here perfectly legally]), and we do need to be vigilant. However, the troubling thought that there are "fringe groups" in the U.S., comprised of American citizens, who would just as soon see this country destroyed as continuing cannot be overlooked. Somewhere in this country some government-hating person is watching the Oregon standoff...with great interest. I pray this doesn't "inspire" someone else to try to attack a federal target...where people who had nothing to do with this in Oregon would be harmed.
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