Jeffrey Kuhner has a problem. Writing at the
Washington Moonie Times, he wants desperately to claim that political violence in the United States comes primarily from the left, but that flies in the face of the evidence. So what to do? Oh, just play pretend:
The only known act of domestic right-wing terrorism was the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995 18 years ago Friday committed by Timothy McVeigh. Rather, the record reveals the opposite: Leftists have perpetrated most terrorist atrocities in America. The Weather Underground, the Black Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army and the Unabomber all of them were some kind of radical socialists, who committed heinous crimes on U.S. soil.
The only act of domestic right-wing terrorism was the Oklahoma City bombing? Really? Let me recount just a few more for him:
1. The Olympic Park bombing, perpetrated by Eric Robert Rudolph, a far-right white supremacist. He was also responsible for bombing an abortion clinic and a gay bar in Atlanta and another abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. Those acts killed more people than the Boston Marathon bombing.
2. Charles Ray Polk, who tried to bomb an IRS office in Austin, Texas in 1995. The FBI arrested him before he could do it but he spent 21 years in prison after being found guilty. The very same IRS building that he tried to bomb in Austin had a plane flown into it by anti-tax fanatic A. Joseph Stack III in 2010.
3. Also in 1995, Willie Ray Lampley, his wife Cecelia and John Dare Baird were arrested while they were preparing to bomb a number of targets, including gay bars, abortion clinics and the Southern Poverty Law Center. They were convicted of attempted terrorism.
4. Joseph Martin Bailie, a tax protester, tried to bomb an IRS building (noticing a trend?) in 1995 with a bomb made of fuel oil and ammonium nitrate. He was convicted and sentenced to 36 years in prison.
5. Three members of the Militia-at-Large of the Republic of Georgia were convicted in 1996 of manufacturing pipe bombs and training militia members to kill politicians.
6. Three members of the Phineas Priests, a far-right white supremacist group in Washington associated with the Christian Identity movement, were convicted of robbing and bombing several targets, including a Planned Parenthood clinic and a newspaper.
7. James Cleaver of the anti-government group Sons of Liberty and several others set fire to an IRS office in Colorado Springs (gee, who would have guessed? in 1997.
That’s just in the three years following the end of the Unabomber’s killing spree and decades after the Weather Underground and the Symbionese Liberation Army became irrelevant. There are dozens and dozens more over the last 20 years.
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