Bad Day Dawning Essay

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Bad Day Dawning

That we can learn a lot about a man from the books and films he chooses is borne out by Timothy McVeigh.

One of his favorite films: the 1984 Patrick Swayze epic Red Dawn. It follows a group of
small town teens' conversion to guerilla fighters when a foreign army invades America.


Like McVeigh, the teens stock up on survival gear - mainly guns and ammo - in order to
defend their country from annihilation.


And one of McVeigh's favorite books: The Turner Diaries written by former American Nazi
Party honcho William L. Pierce, under the pen name Andrew Macdonald. Its hero - Earl
Turner - responds to gun control by making a truck bomb and blowing up the Washington FBI
Building.


Two scenarios - all too familiar.

It was April 19, 1995 - a perfect, sun-drenched Oklahoma morning in springtime. Against a
perfect blue-sky background, a yellow Ryder Rental truck carefully made its way through
the streets of downtown Oklahoma City.


Just after 9 am, the vehicle pulled into a parking area outside the Alfred P. Murrah
Building and the driver stepped down from the truck's cab and casually walked away. A few
minutes later, at 9:02, all hell broke loose as the truck's deadly 4000-pound cargo
blasted the government building with enough force to shatter one third of the seven-story
structure to bits.


Glass, concrete, and steel rained down. Indiscriminately mixed in the smoldering rubble
were adults and children alive and dead.


The perpetrator, twenty-seven-year-old Timothy James McVeigh, by now safely away from the
devastation was convinced he acted to defend the Constitution, for he saw himself as
crusader, warrior avenger and hero.


But in reality, he was little more than a misguided coward. He never even heard clearly
the sound of the initial sirens of emergency vehicles rushing to the scene. Because,
blocks away, he was wearing earplugs to protect himself from the roar of a blast so
powerful it lifted pedestrians off the ground.


One Japanese tourist no stranger to powerful earthquakes called the blast "worse than the
worst quake. Because there was no initial warning, no noise to say 'something terrible is
going to happen'; it just hit."


When it did, a massive ball of fire momentarily outshone the sun and the north side of the
building disintegrated. Traffic signs and parking meters were ripped from the pavement.
Glass shattered and flew like bullets, targeting and maiming pedestrians blocks away.


Inside the broken building, survival depended on location at zero hour.

Some of the lucky ones had left their usual posts to get a coffee, deliver documents or
simply visit nearby offices. As they did, their offices and fellow workers were blown
away.


In the children's day-care center directly above the mobile bomb, devastation was
horrific. Upper floors collapsed on those beneath them, setting up a chain reaction that
crushed everything and everyone below.
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