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Timothy McVeigh

I am sorry these people had to lose their lives. But that's the nature of the beast. It's understood going in what the human toll will be.

Timothy James McVeigh (April 23, 1968June 11, 2001) was a United States Army veteran and security guard who bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. He was convicted of 11 United States federal offenses, and was sentenced to death and executed for his role in the April 19, 1995 bombing. His act, which killed 168 people, was the deadliest event of domestic terrorism in the United States, and the deadliest act of terrorism within United States borders until the September 11.

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  • Whether you wish to admit it or not, when you approve, morally, of the bombing of foreign targets by the U.S. military, you are approving of acts morally equivalent to the bombing in Oklahoma City.
    • "Hypocrisy" (March 1998)
  • I have great respect for human life. My decision to take human life at the Murrah Building – I did not do it for personal gain. I ease my mind in that...I did it for the larger good.
    • Interview for American Terrorist (2001) by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck
  • I like the phrase "shot heard 'round the world," and I don't think there's any doubt the Oklahoma City blast was heard around the world.
    • Interview for American Terrorist (2001) by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck
  • I understand what they felt in Oklahoma City. I have no sympathy for them.
  • If there is a hell, then I'll be in good company with a lot of fighter pilots who also had to bomb innocents to win the war.
  • You can't handle the truth. Because the truth is, I blew up the Murrah building and isn't it kind of scary that one man could reap this kind of hell?
  • I am sorry these people had to lose their lives. But that's the nature of the beast. It's understood going in what the human toll will be.
    • Letters published in the Buffalo News (10 June 2001)
  • For those diehard conspiracy theorists who will refuse to believe this, I turn the tables and say: show me where I needed anyone else. Financing? Logistics? Specialised tech skills? Brainpower? Strategy? Show me where I needed a dark, mysterious 'Mr X'!
    • Letters published in the Buffalo News (10 June 2001)
  • If there would not have been a Waco, I would have put down roots somewhere and not been so unsettled with the fact that my government … was a threat to me. Everything that Waco implies was on the forefront of my thoughts. That sort of guided my path for the next couple of years.
    • Letters published in the Buffalo News (10 June 2001)

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