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Deandra Maignan
Professor Michael Bussell
Introduction to Homeland Security
January 20, 2018
Oklahoma City Bombing
Terrorism is undoubtedly an international issue which includes more than terrorist acts. Terrorism is a word with so many definitions, but according to the dictionary it is defined as the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims (2018).  Individuals turn to terrorist acts for many different reasons, sometimes their goals are social or sometimes they can be political, just to name a few. Assassinations and of course bombings are probably the most commonly used strategies. Sometimes these terrorists are disturbed individuals such as John Allen Muhammed who was one of the Beltway snipers that successfully killed and wounded many people in October of 2002. Other times they are individuals seeking revenge for an act by the government. This was the case with Timothy McVeigh, who in 1995 bombed a federal office building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In this paper, I will give an assessment of the Timothy McVeigh case and it’s relevance to the history of terrorism in the US. 
The Oklahoma City Bombing occurred on April 19, 1995 at about 9:02 am, a massive explosion blew up the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. The explosion was the result of an intentionally parked Ryder rental truck filled with explosives right in front of the federal building. 27-year-old Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were the brains behind the operation. The bomb was made from a powerful mix of a fuel oil and fertilizer. The blast from the explosion was so strong that it forced the entire front side of the nine-story building to fly off. Victims were buried under the endless debris of collapsed floors and piles of concrete, steel, and glass. This bombing is considered to be one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in U.S. history.
Timothy McVeigh was a Army veteran that nobody would have expected to be the responsible party. What could have possibly been his motive? Why would he want to commit such a horrendous crime? FBI officials stated:
McVeigh, a decorated Army veteran, believed the government was attacking Americans’ personal rights and freedoms. His anger hardened on April 19, 1993, when 76 men, women, and children died in a fire during an armed standoff with federal agents in Waco, Texas. Many mistakenly believed that federal officers had set the fire. McVeigh, who vis ited Waco during the standoff, said that the government had declared war against the American people. He planned to fire the first shot in a new American revolution (2015).
To conclude, at the time of the incident, it was the worst domestic terrorist attack in the country. Timothy McVeigh acted on his anti-government ideologies and turned it into mass destruction for the country, a sure goal for many terrorist acts. The threat of these kinds of attacks is still very alive as we can see from the large number of attacks that have occurred since this 1995 bombing. Terrorists are continually creating new ways and planning new attacks on what is deemed appropriate to them getting their message across. It is not a matter of “if” but more a matter of “when”. Many terrorists live under, governments that do not allow members to have any kind of control .In this kind of repressive society terrorists can find allies among people who oppose the government but who are not willing to commit violence. In this case we can see that even in a democratic society, where you can easily just go vote in the next election when you are not content with governmental practices, terror can still weigh supreme. 

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Works Cited:
Oklahoma City Bombing: 20 Years Later. (2015, April 16). Retrieved January 20, 2018, from https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/oklahoma-city-bombing-20-years-later
terrorism. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved January 20, 2018 from Dictionary.com website http://www.dictionary.com/browse/terrorism

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