Did Timothy McVeigh deserve the Death Penalty? According to the statistics, the punishment overtakes criminals more and more often. But the existing sociopolitical roots of terrorism will have new fears in the world community for a long time. From the middle of the last decade the terrorism has ceased to be characterized as only foreign policy. In 1995 there were two events which made the whole world shudder. A Jew Igal Amir has lifted a hand against his relative a Jew Yitzhak Rabin, prime-minister of Israel. An American Timothy McVeigh put a bomb under a federal building of Oklahoma City, and the strongest explosion took away the lives of 168 people 19 of which were children.
The federal court of the USA has sentenced Timothy McVeigh to a death penalty which was executed on Tuesday, June, 11 2001 McVeigh whose crime was the most awful act of internal terrorism in the USAs history, was the first federal prisoner executed in the USA for the last 38 years. He was accused of the murder, the participation in the plot and application of the weapon of mass destruction for the explosion. But of course, there are a lot of doubts about the fact if he was in a plot with Iraq or not. We cant know this exactly. The fact is that he was an American and committed a terrorist act on the territory of his motherland. It is an interesting case and of course it needs an explanation. And in order to understand why this person committed a crime against his nationals, we should learn something about his life.
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(Pifer, Ellen,. The case of McVeigh, New York, article 1998, . Fawkner, H. W. Timothy McVeigh case: what does it mean?, Newsweek 2001.) Timothy James McVeigh was born on April, 23, 1968 in Pendleton, near Buffalo, New York. Twenty years old he began military career from the Center of preparation of fighters of special purpose in the USA army in Georgia where the recruits are trained.
McVeigh quickly received a rank of sergeant and has been directed to base in the Fort – Riley in Kansas, served in structure of 1st mechanized division. Timothy McVeigh retired with honor in 1991. (Smith, Ann M. Timothy McVeigh case New York 2002.) Here we can see that Timothy was a soldier and served for the benefit of the United States. What forced him to act against the USA at last? McVeigh told the authors of the book devoted to this explosion, that he committed this crime to revenge the government the USA for the siege of the house in Ruby Ridge (Idaho) during which the woman and her son were killed by federal agents, and also for the operation carried out by federal special services near to Waco (Texas) as a result of which 80 members of religious sect were killed, including 22 children. Also he told them that he was shocked when ordered to kill captives. (Loveday, Simon.
The most awful terrorist acts , New York 2000., Fawkner, H. W. Timothy McVeigh case: what does it mean?, Newsweek 2001.) So what did this young man revenge the government for? To my mind, he was not in a plot with Iraq. He just wanted to show: if you dont like to see your women and children killed why do you kill the others? I think that young person after his serving in the army was shocked with what he saw. Maybe, the army was not for him and he was too impressionable? No doubt that he could choose another method to revenge. This act shows that the young person was not mentally abnormal.
But really we didnt serve in the US army and didnt see what it is happening there. In any case notwithstanding that the crime of Timothy McVeigh was terrible, I think, he didnt deserve death penalty. He may just live in the prison. Now we have something like a proverb: no one teaches you how to kill people better than the U.S. government. So I think that Timothy was not a killer but the victim, generated by the abnormal terrorist acts.
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His execution didnt give us anything, because these timothies will appear again and again until our government stops killing and finds the real methods for fighting with terrorism. . (Loveday, Simon. The most awful terrorist acts , New York 2000., Fawkner, H. W. Timothy McVeigh case: what does it mean?, Newsweek 2001.) Bibliography Pifer, Ellen,. The case of McVeigh, New York, article 1998.
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