Monday, April 19, 2010

9:03am Central Daylight Time

At this moment 15 years ago, an American with a truck bomb attacked the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. His act of murderous extremism took the lives of 168 of his fellow citizens, including 19 children.

The body count doesn't approach that of September 11, 2001. Neither, arguably, does the event's impact on our society. And despite the bomber's countless apologists, the fact that this atrocity was committed by an American radical and not an Islamist radical doesn't make it any less manifest evil -- terrorism is terrorism.

I will not honor the terrorist now by invoking his name. Instead, as we're encouraged to do by the memorial's inscription, on this day I "remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever."