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It was 16 years ago today that Timothy McVeigh blew up the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 17 toddlers at a day care center.  McVeigh would later appear on "Sixty Minutes" to declare that they should be considered "collateral damange"  in the war he was conducting against the United States government.  Whether the four-year-olds blown to bits were aware there was a war, or even a United States, seemed to be beside the point.

It was a case about which death penalty abolitionists were notably silent, perhaps struck, for once, with the reality that there are some crimes so mind-bending in their scope and cruelty that no normal person could regard a prison sentence as justice.

It's a lesson they soon forgot.  Today they might take time to remember. 

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