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Who really triggers violence?

Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Timothy McVeigh's alleged connection with the militia is held by many to be the reason for his actions in Oklahoma City. Now rumors are circling that anti-government rhetoric, common among many dissenting groups triggered the tragic actions of Joseph Stack who burned his house and flew his plane into the Austin, Texas, IRS building last week.

Since the federal government will never let a crisis go to waste, it was predictable that Mark Potok and the cretins at the Southern Poverty Law Center attempted to connect domestic acts of violence with groups such as the Alaska Citizens Militia who expose injustice, oppression, and tyranny.

The fact is that the federal case against McVeigh never mentioned the militia as a causative element. The prosecution maintained all along that it was an singular act of zealous retribution and retaliation following the federal government's brutal massacre of men, women, and children in their Branch Dividian church in Waco, Texas.

When Joseph Stack had nowhere else to turn, he felt that the only way out was to pour his contempt out on those who had ruined his life. I am reminded of another Joseph who also poured his contempt out back in November of 2008.

When people have nowhere to turn and no one to left to talk to, they often resort to some drastic measure, sometimes ending in violence. To be sure, the IRS has no grief counselors or group support resources for those who are destroyed by it. The local citizens militia offers support to those wounded by injustice, oppression, and tyranny. While we cannot right all wrongs, we can stand with the Josephs who just need a listening ear. We, the Alaska Citizens Militia, want to hear your story. We care about those who have been ground into the dust by corporate government agencies.

So then when violence is "triggered," ask who is really the cause.

Norm Olson

Nikiski



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