Originally Posted by locutus
That part I tend to agree with.
No question they were looking for a sensational, dramatic news story.
But do you honestly think that they would have done what they did if they had known that the results were going to actually be a gun battle?? That people were going to be killed?
I simply cannot accept that. Regardless of political squabbles, The U.S.A. is not NAZI Germany. Even the hated BATF is not the Gestapo. I've worked with federal agents. I've had a few beers with them from time to time. I've hunted and fished with them. These people can be arrogant and overbearing at times, but they are not murderers.
Do I believe that individual officers on the ground were "festering" for a fight... No... I don't believe that Federal or State Officers are any more interested in being shot at... or shooting people, than I am.
However... I do believe that both Waco and Ruby Ridge exploded because heavy handed tactics were ordered by people with a political agenda. I believe both were an attempt to vilify these groups as Right wing Christian Separatists and meant to be an example of what the Government is willing to do to anyone who challenges Federal Supremacy.
Both events BLEW UP in the Governments face as public opinion clearly sympathized with the Civilian Victims, not the Government or LEO's.
... and the tragic legacy of both is that they motivated to a true Whack Job named McVeigh and his murderous actions in Oklahoma City.
Despite any suspected wrong doing by Koresh or Weaver... Neither of them killed a sole before the Government decided to target them... which is why the death of every citizen in both events with the singular exception of Koresh himself falls squarely on the shoulders of the Federal Government.