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Sunday, April 17, 2005

The Hidden Side of the OKC Bombing

The Chicago Tribune has an interesting article on the seldom seen side of the Oklahoma City Bombing - and the differences in how the government dealt with the two sets of victims:

Theirs are not the stories most likely to be heard this week as the nation momentarily returns its attention to this heartland city in solemn commemoration of the bombing. Instead, the ceremonies at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, titled a National Week of Hope, will focus on "stories of life moving forward."


"I completely agree with the victims in Oklahoma City, or the USS Cole, or the Kenya bombing: `Why not us?'" Feinberg said. "If you're looking at the victims, I don't know why not you. If you're looking at the impact of the tragedy on the American psyche, I think 9/11 stands in a very unique category with Pearl Harbor, the American Civil War and the assassination of President Kennedy."

I've been to the memorial in Oklahoma City twice. The museum - which was closed the first time I went - is an amazing walk-through. There is everything from the day's new coverage, to stories of the victims themselves. We spent about 1-2 hours going through it, and I don't think I really got to absorb more than 25% of it.

I wish there was an easy answer on the whole compensation thing. When you look at percentage of population in both metro areas at the time, the OKC bombing was almost as devastating as the September 11th attacks. From a global economic standpoint, though, 9/11 was much larger.

I sometimes have wondered, though, if the Oklahoma City bombing had been done by Islamic terrorists as was initially thought, would the US government have done more? Or did we try to sweep it under the carpet because we had no Afghanistan to invade and no terrorist organization to fight?