Killing Tim McVeigh

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I
feel some real ambivalence regarding the death penalty. On one hand,
the execution of a brutal murderer satisfies some dark visceral
instinct within me. On the other, we've seen all too many cases
of botched prosecutions or even worse, deliberate prosecutorial
malpractice, wherein the State with deliberate malice aforethought,
convicts an innocent.

McVeigh
is no innocent. As recent events reveal, he's an intelligent and
very articulate individual, who at a minimum, participated in what
could be called the most violent act of domestic U.S. anti-State
terrorism in the entire 20th Century. The full story
of the Oklahoma City bombing will probably never be known, but McVeigh
has admitted his part.

So
now, he will die. A State executioner will inject a lethal cocktail
to both stop his heart and still his breath. Supposedly a more u2018humane'
alternative to frying him with electricity or forcing him to breathe
cyanide gas.

What
I'm forced to observe is this: Timothy McVeigh is a piker when it
comes to killing.

The
real champions of death are the State in all of its myriad forms.

Count
the bodies. Literally hundreds of millions of individuals, both
military and civilian were slaughtered by the State in the 20th
Century. World Wars One and Two, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama
and The Gulf War (which still continues) are just a partial listing
of the parade of death in which the leaders of the United States
have embroiled its citizens in.

The
atrocities committed by the Communist/Socialist regimes were even
worse. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and others of their ilk engaged
in open warfare against the citizens of their lands, piling up dead
human flesh in mountains so high that the stench must have surely
offended the very nostrils of God.

Here
in the dawn of the 21st Century, the picture being painted
does not look much better. We have regional wars being waged almost
everywhere, many of which hold the promise of erupting into major
multinational conflicts.

In
the Middle East, the Israelis continue to make war against Palestinians
and of course Palestinians respond in kind. Israel, once held out
as a beacon of hope, has become a symbol of oppression for millions
of Islamic peoples worldwide. The Palestinians fight back with whatever
pitiful weapons they have at their command, including their children.

In
the former Communist State of Yugoslavia we have levels of ethnic
hatred that certainly rival and perhaps surpass those in the Middle
East. Added to the mix, we have United States troops, various forces
from the EU States and military from the former U.S.S.R. The killing
there won't stop.

Speaking
of the former U.S.S.R., may I mention Chechnya? Since early September
Russia has been carrying out a brutal war against Chechnya, first
by launching air-strikes and then by sending thousands of troops
into the republic. Troops, armor and heavy artillery, backed by
ground attack aircraft and helicopter gunships have poured into
the Chechen territory claiming to wipe out the "terrorists".
However according to independent sources over 10,000 innocent civilians
including women, children and elderly people have been killed so
far in air-cum-artillery campaign.
Which of course has the potential to involve Afghanistan and Pakistan
if it widens.

There
are dozens of other State-sponsored killing fields that I could
mention. Let me end with one that right now is bidding to become
the United States' new Vietnam. Columbia.

Torn
by civil war, it is quickly becoming another chapter in history
of U.S. meddling in Latin America. U.S. "advisers" are
on the ground, training the armed forces; CIA officials are sharing
"intelligence" with a drug-corrupted military that has
one of the worst human rights records in the hemisphere. According
to Amnesty International, more than 1,000 civilians were killed
in 1998 by Colombian security forces or paramilitary groups. However,
the leftist Colombian narco-guerillas are no better. If history
proves true, leftists almost always trump rightists when it comes
to killing, should they gain full power.

Let
me close by bringing this back to McVeigh. He did a horrible thing.
The State in all its awful majesty will now poison him.

When
will we poison the State?

    May
    10, 2001

    Jeff
    Elkins [send him mail]
    is a freelance consultant and writer living in North Central Florida.

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