On this day, in 1993, marked the end of a 51 day siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. 80 people were killed when a fire destroyed the structure. A large collection of government alphabet soup entities were involved in the actions, most notable were ATF/FBI and assists from law enforcement entities. Military materiel and assets were also used.
As a kid, I would hear plenty of conservative Christian types that would justify those “wackos in Waco” got theirs. It was easy to turn our eyes away from the Branch Davidians. They weren’t like us. They were criminals. They had “scary guns”. Their leader was a weirdo, etc. But none of these excuses can cover for something that many missed; our government was largely responsible for killing people and nearly wiping out an entire religious group.
For what I read, our government found every reason to resort to violence to get what they wanted. I roundly reject the idea that the Branch Davidians’ gun activities warranted what happened. I also roundly reject the idea that the marginal evidence of Koresh’s child brides and strange beliefs warranted what happened.
I don’t think that “a bullet will cure everything” like many idiots among me spout off about. I think that our government’s supposed desire to do moral, just services for the American people is misguided. Many involved people making the decisions are driven by ego or “the next step” instead of being inspired to serve. Our media allows for people to forget about these events, that and idiots short memory spans.
My second part of critique is of conservative Christians drive to pander/participate in legal craft to supposedly protect their religious rights. (Many others call this floating a ton of briefs and put cases before the US Supreme Court). As I have said before, you have already lost when you depend on soulless people to “defend” or define your religious freedom. Our court, along with law enforcement entities, don’t honestly care about your beliefs. Judges and lawyers don’t care. They sleep well at night. The vast majority of those federal law enforcement staunchly defend their actions and a few “celebrate” their “victory” that day.
This may have appeared to be a rambling, disorganized screed of sorts, but it was a reminder to many that our government cares little about your right to religion, or doing anything within the realm of propriety. Federal law enforcement isn’t there for your rights. The US Supreme Court and the ATF proved this. The Branch Davidians were first and the conservative Christian types could be next.