Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cult of personality

April 19
The History Channel website dropped the ball today I must say. They put as the headline event of this day was the first Boston Marathon in 1897. Ok? It's not like there wasn't anything else that happened on this day, right? Oh yeah, that whole Waco thing. In 1993 the Branch Davidian compound was burned to the ground when FBI agents decided to raid the main building after a seven week standoff. 80 people were killed, including 22 children. Not exactly a smooth operation. I believe cults are stupid. They're just an excuse for some weirdo to have sex with children and be treated like a god. People are stupid, but I think the US government really screwed that one up.
This lead directly to the event that transpired on this day in 1995. The Oklahoma City bombing. Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder truck full of explosives underneath the Alfred P Murrah federal building and blew it up, killing 168 people, including 18 children. He said he chose this target because of the way the government handled the Branch Davidian incident.
Maybe the History Channel wanted a more positive spin on the days events. Perhaps they really like marathons. I feel as though it pales in comparison to these events. But that's just my opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Totally agree, which event is not like the others? Boston Marathon totally fits in....ahem.