In the pages of the New York Times, another Leftist egg head, Kathleen Belew reminds us of Timothy McVeigh and his military service in the wake of the unreasonable coverage that Frazier Glenn Miller has spawned with his killing spree last Sunday. Ms. Belew is apparently working on a book about Vietnam veterans and the “radical right” whatever that means. But of course, in her closing paragraphs, she reminds us about Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City;
Mr. Miller obviously represents an extreme, both in his politics and in his violence. A vast majority of veterans are neither violent nor mentally ill. When they turn violent, they often harm themselves, by committing suicide. But it would be irresponsible to overlook the high rates of combat trauma among the 2.4 million Americans who have served in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the full impact of which has not yet materialized.
During Mr. Miller’s long membership in the white power movement, its leaders have robbed armored cars, engaged in counterfeiting and the large-scale theft of military weapons, and carried out or planned killings. The bombing by Timothy J. McVeigh, an Army veteran, of the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, which killed 168 people, was only the most dramatic of these crimes. When we interpret shootings like the one on Sunday as acts of mad, lone-wolf gunmen, we fail to see white power as an organized — and deadly — social movement.
That Mr. Miller was able to carry out an act of domestic terror at two locations despite his history of violent behavior should alarm anyone concerned about public safety. Would he have received greater scrutiny had he been a Muslim, a foreigner, not white, not a veteran? The answer is clear, and alarming.
Miller left the military in 1979, so somehow I don’t think that 35 years later, his service as a company clerk in Vietnam had much to do with what he did last Sunday. Timothy McVeigh was a Bradley gunner in Desert Storm. Since I was trained in the same specialty, I can attest with some measure of authority that nothing he did that day in Oklahoma City was part of his training in the Army.
Much to the chagrin of the Southern Poverty Law Center and it’s adherents, the military doesn’t teach soldiers to be terrorists as a general rule. As Ms. Belew carefully points out, most veterans are not a danger to the general society and their only real example of one who was, is McVeigh and it’s fairly tiring that they drag out his rotting corpse and wave it like a bloody shirt.
I don’t know of one veteran who defends McVeigh and his actions. I served in the same division with McVeigh during Desert Storm and, as I said, I went through some of the same training and I have never plotted in my head or out of my head to do what he did. I take offense at being compared to him, as I’m sure all veterans take offense.
She asks if law enforcement isn’t inherently racist because Miller hasn’t been picked up before Sunday because he was white. Does she suggest that everyone who is suspected of a crime with no proof be picked up and tossed in jail, because there were a couple of stank-ass hippies who plotted some bombings in Ohio in the last few years that support my contention that stank-ass white hippies should be tossed in jail. Why isn’t Ms. Belew writing a book about Occupation stank-ass hippies who are plotting to blow up America?
Category: Veterans Issues