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AP: 9/11 Brings Back Fears Of OKC Bombing

From a reaching Associated Press:

Sense of fear lingers in Okla. on 9/11 anniversary

By TIM TALLEY – Associated Press
September 2, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Before Sept. 11, there was April 19 — when a truck bomb sheared away one side of a federal building in middle America and proved that anyone, anywhere, can be attacked.

The combination of two tons of fertilizer and fuel oil in Oklahoma City destroyed the notion that people content to live far from the nation’s biggest cities and tallest buildings wouldn’t be targets of terrorism.

Because the Oklahoma City bombing was so typical of the kind of terrorism we face today.

As the nation prepares to observe the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, many Oklahoma residents are still coping with the fear or anxiety set off by the earlier bombing. When a Molotov cocktail blew up alongside an Oklahoma City home this summer, people’s thoughts and talk instantly turned to the 1995 explosion

Sure they did.

For the record, there is no evidence that any Molotov cocktails blew up in the incident the AP is referencing. According to reports, the 15 year old suspect claims he was inspired by the movie ‘Jackass 3’ to try to make Molotov cocktails. But he was unsuccessful.

The suspect also says he set fire to a pair of pajamas in a trash can next to a garage. Apparently, that fire spread to the duplex where an elderly couple who were asleep died of smoke inhalation.

Al-Qaida’s attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of the nine-story federal building, in retaliation for a 1993 government raid on a religious compound in Waco, Texas, killed 168 people in Oklahoma City, including 19 children at a day care.

Well, while we are taking stock, it should be noted that 50 people were killed in the ‘Waco Siege,’ including more than 20 children.

The Molotov cocktail explosion this summer illustrated again how sensitive people in Oklahoma City are to any potential threat, said Susan Winchester, whose sister died in the federal building attack.

Again, there does not seem to have been any Molotov cocktail explosion.

"I think we’ve experienced firsthand that it’s not something to take lightly. You immediately put your memories and experiences into play," she said. "You realize it’s something that is very, very real and something that can happen. If you’re in a place where you’ve not gone through that, you might not take it as seriously. You know that it can happen."

In the latest case, authorities say a 15-year-old boy was playing with Molotov cocktails before the fatal fire that killed an elderly couple. Shirley Ferguson, 72, whose neighbors were the ones killed, said anyone is vulnerable.

"I’m sure it could happen again. I hope it doesn’t, but the way the world is today, you never know," she said. "It makes me concerned about the evil that’s around."

Ferguson’s daughter, Sherie Asbell, 53, said the emotional impact of the Oklahoma City bombing and the firebombing in her mother’s neighborhood are "too closely related." "That brought a lot of fear back to me," Asbell said.

There was no "fire bombing." From all reports a 15 year old boy who was trying to make Molotov cocktails after having watched a movie. The deaths were accidental.

The incident, while tragic, had absolutely nothing to do with terrorism.

"It can happen anytime — anybody, anytime," said neighbor Bob Bosse, 64. "You just hope that it won’t."

Williams, 65, who was at a business meeting in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, said little things can still put people on edge.

"Hardly a day goes by in Oklahoma where we don’t hear something about the bombing," he said. "Just to hear a fire engine, or a loud noise, or a sonic boom from Tinker (Air Force Base near Oklahoma City), any one of those things can trigger an emotion."

As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, "I know what they’re ready to go through, physically and mentally, and that brings anxiety for me," said Williams, who has since retired and is living near Houston

Not to pick at nits, but if Mr. Williams now lives in Houston, how does he know that "hardly a day goes by in Oklahoma where [they] don’t hear about the bombing"?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 2nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “AP: 9/11 Brings Back Fears Of OKC Bombing”

  1. Howard Roark says:

    My guess is that the AP has undoubtedly noticed the ramp-up to this year’s commemorative observance of the tenth anniversary of 911, and they have read the tea leaves enough to know that this event, which begins to stir feelings of *gasp* patriotism in most citizens’ hearts, is going to go off under massive coverage by the global media. This is something that won’t be shamed and forced to retreat, as it has in the past, by screaming “Too soon” at anyone seen reaching for a flag to wave.

    Therefore, in an effort to quell as much patriotism as possible, the AP will try to shove in front of our faces a case of home-grown terrorism that has NOTHING to do with 911 at all. But in their “educated” minds, they think it is the thrust and parry to the advancement of (gulp) love of country and desire to protect it.

    Do they consider it necessary to bring up the voluminous cases of Islamic fanaticism that also brought murder and terror to our country in the recent past (ie, the USS Cole, 2 US embassy bombings in Africa, the first WTC bombing, Berlin nighclub bombings against US soldiers, the Lockarbie bombing, Beirut 1983 bombing of Marine barracks, airplane hijackings from the 1970’s-1980’s)? No. They perform like the yellow journalists they are, trying to put a thumb in the eye of anyone who gets affected at the memory of foreign evil bringing horror to our doorsteps.

    • Enthalpy says:

      I’ll never be convinced that Oklahoma City is such a grand example of home-grown terrorism. Islam is all over that terrorist attack, but it just doesn’t serve the investigator’s interests to say so.

  2. GetBackJack says:


    Think the “Gunrunner Scandal” is a big deal? Think Flight 800 got shuffled under the rug? Do you think American service men are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for reasons other than stated? Think the children of Waco didn’t need to be burned alive in order to have a chat with David Koresh?

    Read THIRD TERRORIST (Oklahoma City) and learn what Washington is really capable of.

    Washington DC is the world’s greatest threat to everything. And everyone.

  3. proreason says:

    brought to you courtesy of the aspiring novelists of the AP

  4. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    That’s odd. I was in Oklahoma just a few months ago and I never heard anyone speak of the bombing or Timothy McVeigh. Maybe it was because my relatives were too busy paying their respects to their late Grandfather and celebrating his passing to a better life. They didn’t have time to be held hostage to fear based on past events.

  5. canary says:

    There are so many sites where Oklahomans believed as first witness reports reported a bearded muslim was driving the truck. The video’s have never been released. why? Also, even the National News has reported from time to time that Dirty Bomber Jose Padilla (aka muslim name when caught) was John Doe II (okc bomber not found) that went underground according to FBI’s first spin.
    okc was under the Clinton administration and prior to 9/11 happening Oklahomans were still at trying to convince that middle-east countries backed okc. I believe there was a lawsuit against Saddam Hussein for financing. Still might be some lawsuits. One thing at the memorial at OKC is the graphitie (sp) the news wrote that they want the truth.

    The planning of 9/11 was began under the Clinton administration. He was to busy avoiding intelligence do his impeachment for lying about his sexual escapes in the oval office.

    Who ever reported this article was off base, as it was 9/11 that grabbed the heart of every American in the U.S. (except the muslims who muttered America had it coming).

    Oklahomans are a tough bunch as New Yorkers are. Perhaps the spirit of Americans.

    I’m just glad for a heads up (keep replaying a clip of 9/11) this is the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 which will be powerfully sad. I will shut the TV off because I still grieve. I saw some photos in People magazine at the doctors office, and the memorial looks to be a very deep hole. As I recall the victims didn’t want to walk down into
    the ground to see the memorial. My sister said when she saw it a few years ago they had to step down, and maybe it wasn’t as the pictures of People showed. It looks like a huge deep black trap. If it brings horrible chills to people then it’s memorable.

    God Bless New Yorkers and our U.S. Soldiers.

  6. Mithrandir says:

    American Tragedies: Questions no one axed

    What in the WORLD was a DAY CARE doing in the same building as the hated ATF office? –buffer zone?

    Why didn’t the gov’t capture DAVID KORESH when he went out for groceries as they claimed he often did? Why wait for him to get back in his bunker?

    Why didn’t the media blame the principal of COLUMBINE? Who is in charge of our kids 8 hours a day? Bill Clinton runs out there and does a “There-there buddy….talk radio did this…..” NIGHTLINE also got those dirtbag jocks in the school to admit that they harassed Klebold and Harris……why not follow that up instead of “guns guns guns!”

    Why is RON PAUL not given more credit for predicting the financial collapse and 911?

    Why was Vice-President Johnson not a SUSPECT in the JFK assassination? In any murder, obviously the person who has the most to gain is investigated.

    Roosevelt knew very well of the Japanese threat!— it was 1941 after all. War with China in 1895, took over Korea in 1910, advanced it’s claims after WWI, antagonized China in the ’20s, full-blown invasion in 1937,—a full 4+ years later….absolutely SHOCKED that Pearl Harbor was attacked….by Japan? Bah! —communist darling still gets protection from his minions, just like they do for Joe Stalin.

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