Fifteen years ago at about this hour, Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, 19 of them under the age of six.
Asked later about his reasons, McVeigh said, "I didn't define the rules of engagement in this conflict. The rules, if not written down, are defined by the aggressor. It was brutal, no holds barred. Women and kids were killed at Waco and Ruby Ridge. You put back in [the government's] faces exactly what they're giving out." McVeigh did express regret about the death of the 19 young children, but only because it was "a PR nightmare," as he said in a later interview. Otherwise, they were "collateral damage."
McVeigh was executed for his crime slightly more than six years after he committed it, on June 11, 2001. According to Gallup, 81% of the public approved of the execution. A consensus to that extent is essentially unheard of on any significant issue in public life.
My only question is: What was the other 19% thinking?