After the Oklahoma City bombing, the rush to judgment concluded that it must be Islamic terrorism. To this day, some still believe foreigners were involved. President Bill Clinton exploited the Oklahoma City bombing for political gain, not so subtly hinting that his opponents in conservative talk radio should be held accountable for what “lone wolf” Timothy McVeigh did, with the help of an easily manipulated partner.
Horrific events are sure to happen again. What we don’t have to repeat are the rush to judgment and the political exploitation.