Why did the Branch Davidian group consider the U.S. government as tyrannical?
On February 28, 1993, Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) raided the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, under a search warrant to investigate David Koresh for possession of illegal firearms. During the raid, four ATF agents and six Branch Davidians were killed and the Branch Davidians were immediately charged with murder, thus beginning a 51-day siege. On April 19, 1993, the siege ended in a fire which destroyed the compound and took the lives of 79 people, including 25 innocent children and 2 trauma born infants. Children died in a fire of temperatures range in excess of 3000 degrees and during the 51-day siege, unarmed innocent people were shot and killed, for instance, Judy Schneider, a Branch Davidian was shot in her chest while nursing her baby and it was the first time in American history that the government was sending tanks against its own people, according to research done by Mike McNulty which was depicted in a documentary titled “Waco: A New Revelation” (1999) and according to the U.S. Department of Justice (1993).
The Branch Davidians thus considered the U.S. government as tyrannical as how can the federal law enforcement act with such military violence to a point of deploying tanks against their own citizens and children living as a religious group in a compound, who had committed no crime? In a video made by David Koresh in regards to the search warrant on February 28, 1993, he mentioned that the Branch Davidians felt like it wasn’t America anymore. How can the ATF have the power to simply enter any one's home, simply kick down doors and pushing people around with guns like they did on February 28, 1993?
What happened in Waco resulted in the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, as the Oklahoma City bombing was an act of retaliation and a demonstration of Timothy McVeigh, the bomber’s unhappiness towards the U.S. government on the handling of the Ruby Ridge incident and the Waco Siege against the branch Davidian religious group.
What led the Chechen rebels to consider an act so violent?
The Beslan massacre of early September 2004 was a three-day hostage-taking of over 1,100 people which ended in the deaths of over 380. It began when a group of armed Chechen rebels took more than 1,100 people, including 777 children hostage on 1 September, at School Number One (SNO) in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia. The background of the attack was that Russia and Chechnya’s relations are aptly described as “the permanent crisis.” The two have had a long history of conflict which started in the 19th century, when the Russian Army invaded the region, and stretching to the present day, where the status of Chechen aspirations for an independent nation-state still remain ambiguous and contested by Russia, according to Ben Fowkes (1998). And increasingly, in the past two decades, the Chechens have resorted to terrorism, to achieve independence of the Republic of Chechnya from the Russian Federation.
Thus, according to Gearo´ id O´ Tuathail (2009), there were 2 demands that led the Chechen rebels to consider the attack on SNO. The first was the release of the jailed Chechnyan fighters captured during an earlier terrorist raid in Nazran, and the second was that for “a sensible peace on mutually beneficial terms according to the principle of independence in return for security” which was expressed in a letter from Shamil Basayev to President Putin. It mentioned that “the whole Russian nation gives silent approval to the genocide against Chechens. Well, you can ask me why I did it. It is to stop the killing of thousands and thousands of Chechen children, Chechen women, and the elderly. Look at the facts. They have been kidnapped, taken away and murdered” and he added that he “will pull no punches to stop this genocide” and “the more brutal I could make it, the quicker they’d get the message”, according to Babitsky (2005) and that is why they decided to carry out their attack