I think it needs to be pointed out that the relentless, almost hourly, coverage by local television stations could not have helped matters at Mount Carmel.
The federal men were bound to have felt spotlighted and pressured and as if they were the object of contempt. They must have felt desperate to take action.
I do not mean to condone the action that was taken. It was clear from the start that the federal agencies had not been trained to deal with unbalanced fanatics.
All through the events of Mount Carmel, I kept my silence — and prayed. As a Christian devoted to obedience to the Scripture, I prayed in support of the government which was trying to settle the situation the best it could. I also prayed for safety and salvation of those inside the compound.
At any rate, it is over. Why keep bringing up the continued pain, the continuing hurt? We must grieve — for those who made the decisions and have to live with the results of those decisions, and for those who are dead, as well as those who loved them, whether families or just those who cared.