What is the Legacy of McVeigh and the Aftermath of Oklahoma City?
Sharing reminiscences of the tragedy and aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, making note of the rage and hatred focused on the Obama administration and Washington D.C., from Tea Partiers and those who have decided the federal government is an enemy of the people, Editor at Large of The Hill Al Eisele wonders aloud if there will be more Oklahoma Cities in store for America.
You think about how a 27-year-old anti-government fanatic named Timothy McVeigh loaded a truck with 4,800 pounds of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil and detonated it in directly in front of the nine-story Alfred P. Murragh Federal Building at 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995. The explosion, which was felt 40 miles away, created a 30-foot crater and blew away the front of the building, collapsing its floors and trapping victims inside.
And if you tour the Memorial's museum, located in a former newspaper building facing the Murragh Building, which also was badly damaged, as were some 300 other surrounding buildings, you will be even more moved. It's a stunning museum, but the most stunning thing is sitting in a darkened room and listening to an audio of a routine hearing underway at the nearby Oklahoma Water Resources Board, and then hearing the actual explosion and confusion that followed.
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