How Many McVeighs Will This War Create?

The crimes of war don’t stop on the battlefield. Here is an account of how fighting in the first Iraq war changed Timothy McVeigh:

McVeigh was assigned as a Bradley gunner, and his Army buddies report that he was “just thrilled” when he blew up his first Iraqi vehicle. McVeigh’s friend Kerry Kling reports, “He said when they were invading Iraq he saw an Iraqi soldier coming out of a bunker and that when the first round hit his head, it exploded. He was proud of that one shot. It was over eleven hundred meters, and shooting a guy in the head from that distance is impressive.” McVeigh’s mother reported that he was “totally changed” by his experience in the war, and that when he came home, “It was like he traded one Army for another.” Or, it might be added, it was like he failed to respect the carefully nurtured differentiation between “heroic” and “terrorist” violence (Lee Griffith, The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God, Eerdmans, 2002, pp. 150-151).

How Many McVeighs Will This Iraq War Create?

Author: Laurence Vance

Laurence Vance holds degrees in history, theology, accounting, and economics. He has written and published twelve books and regularly contributes articles and book reviews to both secular and religious periodicals.

109 thoughts on “How Many McVeighs Will This War Create?”

  1. …So do I, even if I think you are pre-programmed, patent Bertrand Russellesqe observant Mediocrity who is convinced of the essential benevolence of human nature….I would offer that the first step in the “Liberation of the mind” is pulling your head out of your ass, where yours has found a minor kingdom.

  2. Well, suprise suprise, I am quite satisfied with my so called “ass kingdom”…thank you very much. I am not really sure what your stated point is…other than insulting mine. I never really mentioned liberating the mind…I mentioned individual liberty…and kingdom has absolutely nothing to do with that. As far as benevolence, well, unless you did not fully understand, that is a choice of the individual, never, an obligation of the liberated. I myself, feel no obligation.

  3. With two minutes to go in the Fourth Quarter it’s Collectivists O, Solipsists 0! What an exciting game, folks! We have haven’t seen a defensive masterpiece like this since the great Nurture vs Nature Turkey Day Classic Controversy a few centuries ago…uh, what’s that, the stadium is being surround by Statist Military Police–this argumentation could be history, folks, stay tuned….

    Merely by the way, which one of you guys invented language?

  4. Merely by the way, it’s only pulp fiction but Anne Rice nicely named her first and most famous vampire Lestat, don’t you think?

    An archaic form and cryptotype for L’etat.

    You know–immortal and with a real appetite for blood….

    1. Rice herself, on the other, later attributed the name to an error:

      In a 2003 interview Rice noted that the character had also taken on some of her own attributes, stating “Stan was Lestat; he was the inspiration. Perhaps it is best to say Lestat was Stan and me. He was Stan and what Stan taught me. Lestat was inspired by Stan, and then I became Lestat.” The name ‘Lestat’ was a misspelling of “Lestan”, which Rice believed to be an old French name.


  5. “Garlic, check.

    Wooden stake, check.

    Holy water, check.

    Silver bullets, check.


  6. I alone put the fear of God into the servants or tenants by the time I was eighteen. I alone provided the food for us. And for some strange reason this gave me satisfaction. I don’t know why, but I liked to sit at the table and reflect that everyone there was eating what I had provided.


    Tonto, Tonto–where’s that Santa Fe Navajo Silver Cross, quick…Tonto, Tonto…

  7. treason,treason,they emphatically lied,lied,lied!! I’m a korean vet ’50-’51 (Vietnam,all the the little wars in-between Iraq,a little justification,but mostly we are policing the world,sticking our noses in where they don’t belong!) BUT,in the case of Iraq,total fabrication by a couple war dodgers,theirselves,Cheney,6 times draft dodging,he looks heathy enough to me,our playboy-flyboy got his self out,thru his father in time to avoid serving in Vietnam and niether have the foggiest idea of what on-the-ground troops go thru? I remember Cheney stating emphatically “We know exactly where they!” referring to WMD’s! I come very close to crying,just tears of sadness,when I think of how our troops are being mislead and the losses of humankind,American & Iraqi & others by two oilmen.

  8. …’Fly Boy’ my ass…Bush couldn’t fly a Kiddie Ride in front of a Supermarket.

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