On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh set off a car bomb which destroyed
the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in the worst
act of terrorism in U.S. history, leaving 167 dead and at least 460
injured. McVeigh's lawyers sought to defend his actions as stemming
from righteous anger over the U.S. federal government's role in the
Waco fiasco in 1993. Such apologizing and rationalization from the
political right should be ridiculed by all decent people as severely
as the left was for defending the "New Left" urban terrorism in the
"So many bastions of civilisation have
been surrendered to the enemy without a fight that we have almost
forgotten how to arm ourselves against barbarism. We can, in fact,
do it in only one way: by stating that terrorism is always and
in every circumstance wrong; that it is not only intrinsically
wrong but the antithesis of political idealism; that it must be
resisted by every means at our disposal; and that those who practise
it must not only be punished by repudiated by those who share their
"The Recovery of Freedom"
"The virtue we should cherish most is the courage to resist
violence, especially if this involves flying in the face of a
public opinion which, in its fear, and in its anxiety for peace,
is willing to appease the violators. Above all, violence should
never be allowed to pay, or be seen to pay."
"Enemies of Society"
Palestine Liberation Organization terrorist on balcony of dormitory
of Israeli atheletes during the 1972 Olympic games in Munich. They
would later murder 11 Israeli atheletes.
Terrorist Groups Threatened Western Democracy in the 1970s
Some terrorist groups...
"...the political terrorism of the Seventies was
a product of moral relativism. In particular, the unspeakable cruelties
it practised were made possible only by the Marxist habit of thinking
in terms of classes rather than individuals. Young radical ideologues
who kept their victims... blindfolded, their ears sealed with wax, for
weeks or months, then dispatched them without pity or hesitation, did
not see those they tortured and murdered as human beings but as pieces
of political furniture. In the process they dehumanized themselves as
well as those they destroyed and became lost souls, like the debased
creatures Dostyevsky described in his great anti-terrorist novel, "The
- Japanese Red Army
- Irish Republican Army
- Palestine Liberation Organization
- American Weather Underground
- German Baader-Meinhoff Gang
- French Accion Directe
- Italian Red Brigades
- Arab Black September
- Uruguayan Tupamaros
- U.S. New World Liberation Front
"Man is a wolf to man."
VIOLENCE AND BARBARISM
"They [the terrorists] reject democracy really. The notion that
violence is a technique of last resort, to be adopted only when all
other attempts to attain justice have failed, is rejected by them.
In doing so, they reject the mainstream of Western thinking, based,
like most of our political grammar, on the social-contract theorists
of the seventeenth century. Hobbes and Locke rightly treated violence
as the antithesis of politics, a form of action characteristic of the
archaic realm of the state of nature. They saw politics as an attempt
to create a tool to avoid barbarism and make civilisation possible:
politics renders violence not only unnecessary but unnatural to civilised
man. Politics is an essential part of the basic machinery of civilisation,
and in rejecting politics terrorism seeks to make civilisation unworkable."
"The Recovery of Freedom"