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Theology of a terrorist

Midwest Pipe Bomber | News media accounts fail to explore New Age and left-wing connections suggested by bomber's note

Issue: "Osama's witnesses," May 18, 2002

Media accounts of the terrorist targeting Midwest farm folks refer to the "anti-government" message left in the mailboxes along with the pipe bomb. The implication is that he is some right-winger. But the full text of the message, as made available by the Associated Press, gives another story.

While it does spew warnings about government control, the message says that the way the government controls us is through our fear of death. "If you are under the impression that death exists, and you fear it," says the terrorist, "you do anything to avoid it.... World authorities allowed, and still allow you to fear death!"

But the bomber, who signs himself "Someone Who Cares," wants to help. "I'm here to help you realize/understand that you will live no matter what! It is up to you people to open your hearts and minds. There is no such thing as death. The people I've dismissed from this reality are not at all dead."

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Presumably the people he planned to kill with his pipe bombs would not be "dead." Using the same sort of anti-life doublespeak we have become accustomed to in the pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia movement, he has just "dismissed them from this reality."

This notion that death is an illusion is a New Age religious dogma, which the terrorist is simply taking to its logical conclusion: Murder is OK.

The message in the mailboxes goes on to rail, in the manner of an anarchist, against any kind of "limitation" and every kind of authority. The writer also cites a class-warfare canard when he inaccurately says, "When 1% of the nation controls 99% of the nation's total wealth, is it a wonder why there are control problems?"

The message is indeed that of a whacked-out crackpot, but, whoever is found guilty of the crime, his arguments are those of the whacked-out left.

Gene Edward Veith
Gene Edward Veith

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