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Today In History

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April 19th was originally known as Patriot's Day , since it was the date of the Battle Of Lexington, which begin the American Revolutionary War.

On April 19, 1943, the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto took up arms against Nazis who had invaded and occupied Poland, much as the Americans had taken up arms against the British.

The Branch Davidians lost their battle with government agents on this date in 1993 when their compound went up in flames.

I don't know who started the fire. I know that none of it would have happened if the BATF had just arrested David Koresh while he was out jogging instead of doing a military style assault for the TV cameras. I know that lives would have been saved if some rat bastard fbi agent had not kept fire trucks from passing through while the compound was burning.

There are other things I don't know. I don't know who fired the first shots. The ATF's said his people were being fired at through the door of the compound. Koresh's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, said this couldn't be because the bullet holes in the door were all going inward. Unfortunately, that door went missing while in Federal Custody.

A lot is missing because the feds bulldozed the site after the fire.

As part of a psy-ops operation the FBI played loud music all night to rattle the Branch Davidians. One of the songs was Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking", which contains the following lyrics:

you keep thinkin' that you´ll never get burnt.
Ha! I just found me a brand new box of matches yeah
and what he know you ain't HAD time to learn.

Chilling, to say the least.

There is very little that inspires more anger and sadness in me than what happened at Waco. I am not eloquent enough to do the subject justice.

The Oklahoma City bombing was a couple of years later. Timothy McVeigh said one of his reasons was revenge for Waco.

Waco was horrible, but killing other innocent people only compounds the problem. His defense attorney tried to make McVeigh's anger about Waco a mitigating circumstance. I hate that he did that. It does no good to publically link criticism of the Waco massacre with a homicidal nut like McVeigh.

For anyone interested in learning more about Waco, I would recommend the documentary film Waco:The Rules Of Engagement. There are also some very good web sites on Waco. One of the best is David Hardy's website.