Posts tagged Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
This is the first article in a series this week on the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
“I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
“The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…”
“What’s the sense of sending $2 million missiles to hit a $10 tent that’s empty?”
— George W. Bush, private Oval Office meeting, September 13, 2001
Albert Einstein, that great thinker and physicist, needs to be paraphrased. September 11, 2001, changed nothing, except our way of thinking. But the way we view the world, that changed everything. (more…)
There may be something strange in the spring air. This is the week for disasters.
On April 19, 1993, seventy-six people died after a fifty-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. One hundred sixty-eight people died in a terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Four years later, on April 20, 1999, twelve students and a teacher were killed, and twenty-four others injured, in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Colorado. Then, on April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed eleven workers, injured 17 others, and released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.
It may be that any week in history has as many terrible events. But four such horrifying catastrophes in less than twenty years, with anniversaries no more than a day apart, it’s enough to make any historian take notice. (more…)