Chapter Four Masks of Otherness

By 1992, a series of ominous developments had occurred: a language of extremist paranoia had emerged; allegations were made that an ethnoreligious group was plotting and carrying out genocide; militias were arming to battle the federal government, which was allegedly supporting the genocidal plot; a battle was looming to save Christian values and identity; a violent text—read and memorized by militia members—recounted the plot against Christians, the battle to save Christendom, and the punishment in store for race traitors; bombings, shootings, and other terrorist acts carried out by such militias were on the increase ...

Such was the background to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, on April 19, 1995, carried out by men associated with the militias of the Christian Identity movement. The prime suspect in the bombing, Timothy McVeigh, had studied the "bible" of the Christian Identity movement, William Pierce's The Turner Diaries , which contains a fanciful account of an ethnoreligious plot against Aryan Christians, the war by mi-

litias to save their Christian identity, the bombing of federal buildings, and the hanging of women who violate the purity of their race by marrying Jews or blacks.[1]

Imagine that such extremists had control over major U.S. media, which for three years broadcast alleged atrocities of nonChristians and non-Aryans against the Aryan Christians. Imagine that such extremists had a high-level supporter in the U.S. military who supplied them not only with assault rifles but with tanks and heavy artillery. Many Americans dismiss the threat of such groups and the possibility of such an ethnoreligious war. In the former Yugoslavia, the extremists were dismissed in the same way. Few imagined that in just a few years neighbors and friends would be shelling them with mortars or tormenting them in killing camps.

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