Sunday, April 19, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY federal-building bombing was 20 years ago today

TOM BROKAW's "Lessons from 20 years of Oklahoma healing": "[T]he stunning homegrown terror attack in America's heartland on April 19, 1995, [was] an act of violence so unexpected, catastrophic and irrational that at first it seemed it must have been a calamitous accident ... But, no, we quickly learned it was a deliberate murderous assault on a symbol of the U.S. government ... By the time I arrived the morning after the attack to lead NBC News coverage, ... Oklahoma was already working through its shock, grief and anger to save lives, comfort the bereaved and restore order ...

"Oklahoma residents are known for not backing down from a fight in the political arena, on the gridiron, NBA courts or rodeo arenas, but in their reaction to the bombing they knew intuitively they would not find restoration in rage. It was a time to show the world the healing qualities of faith, community, the rule of law, memory and a commitment to the future. And in this current atmosphere, others would do well to take note."

--"AP Was There ... original AP dispatch reporting Oklahoma City bombing": "A car bomb ripped deep into America's heartland Wednesday, killing at least 33 people and leaving 200 missing in a blast that gouged a nine-story hole in a federal office building. The dead included at least 12 youngsters, some of whom had just been dropped off by their parents at a day-care center. ... President Clinton called the bombers 'evil cowards,' and [Attorney General Janet] Reno said the government would seek the death penalty."

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