Voices in the Wind

Syd Wheedon writes The Wind at Mt. Carmel:

I would like to say, “I don’t have a dog in this fight.” I’m no fan of renegade federal police units with murderous intentions, but on the other hand, I don’t care much for apocalyptic cults with kinky sex practices. I didn’t like the Clinton administration under which the attack occurred and I didn’t like the Bush administration before it, under which the action was initiated. I think Koresh was a sexual deviant with messianic delusions. There aren’t many good guys to be found in all of this, except perhaps the Texas Rangers. But, I do have a dog in this fight, and it’s the same dog that every American has. We have a right to be secure in our homes and personal effects. We have a right to worship as we see fit. We have a right to a fair trial. We have a right to not be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. We have a right to live free of the mind control of self-appointed messiahs. It has been 15 years since the flames consumed Mt. Carmel and these things are still unsettled. We have a dog in this fight.

Yes, we all–even members of “crackpot” religions–have the right to a fair trial without summary execution delivered by a murderous regime.

I am a Texan. On that bloody, dark day, “Waco” ceased to be a mere city. It became the embodiment of a government that had gone too far, a government that no longer even deserved to exist–if it ever had.

And we still we go on, as if nothing ever happened. Except deep in the gut is the terrible wisdom that can be gained only by experience. That terrible wisdom that tells us Waco was only the first small battle in a war that will leave big city streets and quiet Texas bluebonnet fields equally spattered with blood.

This is not hyperbole. This is the shadow that stretches out from the encroaching darkness to touch us all. I dread, fear, and pray for the future.

via Xavier Thoughts

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