Final Verdict : The false connection between Tim McVeigh and The Turner Diaries

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Title : Final Verdict : The false connection between Tim McVeigh and The Turner Diaries
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You will be hard pressed to find any reference in any mainstream periodical, journal, or newscast to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the late Timothy McVeigh without a reference to how the entire event was “inspired” by Dr. William Pierce’s book The Turner Diaries. The implication being, of course, that this book was really the only or largest reason that drove Tim McVeigh to mass murder. But is this actually the case? Is the media “on the level” when they claim, or better yet, when they cite “experts” who claim, that a fiction book was the sole motivating factor behind the deadly bombing which took 167 lives on April 19th, 1995? To answer in short, no, Tim McVeigh was driven by much more complex motives than the reading of a mere book, he was certainly no White Nationalist, and he had not the slightest interest in a racialist world-view. For this study, I predominantly rely on the book American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh & the Oklahoma City Bombing by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck, two journalists who were the only people granted interviews with Tim McVeigh in 1999, totaling more than 75 hours of dialogue in the years preceding McVeigh’s execution. Immediately after getting this book, I opened to the index and looked up the entry for The Turner Diaries, coming up with a grand total of 11 entries. Almost all entries for TD are very brief mentions of the book as he was passing it around to friends or selling it at gun shows, or notice of the eerie coincidences between the book and the bombing itself. However, the listings for Ruby Ridge, Idaho are 20 in number, and the listings for Waco, Texas are at 25. (For the record, the National Alliance itself is mentioned once in the index and Dr. Pierce is only mentioned twice.) Even by this cursory glance at the evidence, we must conclude that Waco and Ruby Ridge were much more prominent in the mind of McVeigh than a fiction book. Regardless, one would think someone allegedly so inspired by Dr. William Pierce’s fiction would endeavor to join up with his organization ASAP. Such was not the case for Tim, strangely enough. The only contact McVeigh had with the NA was a few phone calls to a National Alliance answering machine message line. Ironically, McVeigh purchased his copy of The Turner Diaries not from the National Alliance directly, but instead only after an advertisement in Soldier of Fortune magazine piqued his curiosity. A common consumer of the mainstream media would also be inclined to believe Tim McVeigh, as purportedly “inspired” as he was by The Turner Diaries, would naturally be a hateful racist, a violent bigot, or a so-called “neo-Nazi.” Au contraire, such is not the case at all. McVeigh’s only real dabble with racial politics was quite accidental: he ended up on the mailing list of the KKK and was initially impressed because of his perception that the Klan maintained a strong patriotic stance and earnestly deplored the evaporation of American freedoms. As part of his exploration of alternative and patriotic politics, McVeigh briefly joined the Klan and received a free “White Power” T-shirt (which he briefly wore once as a political statment and later bartered away) as part of his trial membership, but he soon grew disillusioned with the race-centric views and moved away from it by allowing his membership to expire. Fellow inmate Ted Kaczynski even remarked that McVeigh “…spoke of respect for other people’s cultures, and in doing so he sounded like a liberal. He was not a mean or hostile person, and I wasn’t aware of any indication that he was superpatriotic.” McVeigh may even have once had an affair with the Filipino mail-order bride wife of his best friend Terry Nichols, which would make him a race traitor in the eyes of many, if not all, White Nationalists. Thus, Tim McVeigh was no ardent friend of the White race, nor was he solidly committed to any kind of Aryan resistance or similar cause. If McVeigh was not racialist, then what was his interest in Turner Diaries? By McVeigh’s own admission, he was interested in The Turner Diaries not because of the racial overtones or racist talk in it, but instead because of the gun rights agenda that it raised: namely once the government takes away your guns, they can take away your liberty at a whim, your property and eventually your life if they feel so inclined. What did inspire Tim McVeigh to conduct such a vicious act against a civilian target? To answer simply, a corrupt and out-of-control government. A government which illegally killed the wife, child and pet dog of Randy Weaver in a large-scale bureaucratic over-reaction in mid-1992, over a minor technicality of gun laws. A government which incinerates 80 people (including about 50 women and children, more children than were killed in the OC bombing) over a minor unpaid gun tax. A government which is all too ready to remove, over-rule, legislate away or ignore the rights of its citizens on the slightest pretext. A government that displays not the slightest hesitance or compunction in killing unarmed women and children when it suits its own nefarious ends. A government gone mad, accountable to no-one and nothing other than its own petty whims, a government which does anything it wants and lies, denies, falsifies or otherwise fails to account for its own wrongdoing afterwards. This was the real enemy, according to Tim McVeigh, was the government and its minions. Not jews, blacks, homos, illegals, etc., just a decidedly unfree gun-grabbing government. His love for gun-shows alone coupled with his dislike and/or disdain of the KKK indicates he was more drawn to the patriotic cause of the 2nd Amendment than the saving of the White race. McVeigh– as a gun-rights patriot– saw the issue of gun ownership as the cardinal cornerstone of American freedom, and thus in his mind when the right to keep and bear arms disappears forever, the concentration camps are right around the corner. When the average citizen no longer has the right to possess, own or carry firearms, freedom from government tyranny is all but gone, according to McVeigh. Specifically, it was the massacre at Waco, Texas which pushed him “over the edge,” so to speak, as evidenced here: McVeigh recalls that he was in the middle of draining the oil, listening to a talk-radio host expounding on the standoff at Waco, when suddenly a voice hollered from the farmhouse. Someone came running outside, screaming, "Tim! Tim! Get in here! It's on fire!" At first, McVeigh had no idea what the commotion was about. All he could tell from the voice was that something terrible was happening. He slid out from under his car and raced into the farmhouse. There it was, on the Nicholses' old color TV– the Branch Davidian complex, Mount Carmel, in a raging fire. For ten minutes, McVeigh stood stock‑still in the parlor with the Nichols brothers, transfixed by what he was seeing. He stared in silence, his heart racing. No words would come. Mount Carmel, the wooden complex where the Branch Davidians worshiped and lived under the rule of David Koresh, was engulfed in flames. Armored vehicles were ramming the walls. In the intense heat, the ropes that tethered the Davidians' Star of David flag to its pole burned away, and the flag drifted into the fire. McVeigh was struck by the symbolism: the Davidians had fallen. Tim McVeigh, who almost never cried, found that tears were streaming down his cheeks. When federal agents later raised their own flag over the smoldering ruins, McVeigh's anger neared the point of exploding. People died in that house, he thought. How crude and ruthless and coldblooded can these guys be? Finally, he snapped out of his stunned silence. "What is this?" he wondered aloud. "What has America become?" He and the Nichols brothers stayed up late into the night discussing one of the bloodiest events in the history of American law enforcement. James (Nichols, Terry's brother) noticed the flag blowing in the wind and remarked that the feds must have picked a windy day on purpose so the building would catch fire quickly. "It was rigged," he said. "The government wanted it to burn because the government couldn't win. The public sentiment was changing." As they talked, McVeigh's emotions ranged from frustration and anxiety to searing rage. The blaze at the Waco compound, more than any other single event, was a turning point in his life. He no longer had any reason to go to Waco, but now he was beginning to think that something else would have to be done. Something. In short, every time McVeigh turned around, people were being killed left and right over gun law technicalities: first with the tragic deaths of Randy Weaver’s wife, their 14-year-old son and the family dog at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, on August 21, 1992, and then the fiery deaths of 80 people (including around 50 women and children) at Waco, Texas, on April 19, 1993. The 1994 Assault Weapons ban further added fuel to the fire, but by then his mind was already made up: He was going to act, and he didn’t need The Turner Diaries to help him reach this conclusion. The issue must be raised at some point in this discussion as to the logic and reasonability of accusing books of mass murder, which is in effect the same thing as saying a book “inspired” a bombing. ...

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