Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bombing OK

Today is Sunday, 19 April 2009.

Perhaps an hour after the Oklahoma City Bombing, I was walking west on 8th Street in Greenwich Village, and glancing in a coffee bar window, saw a partially-rubbled building on the TV.

A few weeks later, I encountered this sentence, perhaps in The New York Times: “If the radical left of the 1960s tore a hole in the fabric of America, then the radical right of the 1990s drove a rental truck through it.”

What the hell has the “If” to do with the “then”, I thought, and wrote a play, Bombing OK!, on that sentence, the bombing in general, and the true origins of the latter.

Interesting, yes, that the one element of the OKC Bombing most consistently downplayed was McVeigh’s motive. In his mind, he was as Paul Revere two centuries before, striking a blow for liberty and against the tyrants of ZOG. The Zionist Occupational Government: the fantasy conspiracy of The Jew which controls America. And where did McVeigh get this idea?

During the Great Depression, one powerful school of thought held that the economic disaster was caused by The Jew, fronted by the New Deal of FDR, whose original family name was “Rosenfeld”. (How the demigod TR fit into this as a gentile was unexplained.) This crap was particularly welcomed by many elements of the business community and the Republican Party. Even into the early 1960s, it was not inappropriate in certain circles to speak of “Jewish Communism”. This filth persists to this day among much of the extreme right, particularly the various facets of the Christian Identity movement.

The ‘60s Left didn’t set the stage for the OKC Bombing: the Far Right and many ideologues of the Republican Party did. Credit where credit is due.

Before I wrote this column, I, as usual, did a quick survey of major news hubs, and discovered that J.G. Ballard, my nominee for finest fiction writer in the English language of the second half of the 20th Century, has died after a long illness.


More in days to come, after I absorb the news. The Museum of the Bourgeois mourns his passing, and extends most profound sympathy to his children, family, and friends.


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