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At a first glance the 1990s seemed like a carefree time for the US With the revival from the early 1980s recession and no wars persisting it seemed like the perfect era of the American dreamalthough this wasnt the case During the late 1990s outbreaks of terrorism erupted with violence and anarchy increasing around the United States Many of these shocking events occurred before the print of Fight Club but one disaster stands out above the restthe chaos of the Oklahoma City Bombing On the day of April 19 1995 the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building of Oklahoma City was bombed by perpetrators Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols This is held as one of the most destructive acts of terrorism in the United States where 168 civilians were killed and 680 injured Domestic terrorism presents itself in many forms but in this instance the ultimate motive is to draw attention to their disapproval and hatred of authority The terrorism presented in Fight Club and the domestic terrorism occurring in the US during the time Fight Club was written appear to have different motives but they ultimately transpired because of the perpetrators disdain for authorityThis event along with the topic of Palahniuks book Fight Club ties together in the course of destructive acts under a specific purpose In the novel and in Oklahomas deadly incident the main reason for destruction was to send a well timed message to provide for a better society in their viewpoint In order to present such an unforgettable message both perpetrators have timed their projects to align with a prosperous time of their era Peter Katel a veteran journalist of the CQ Press had pointed out a similar scene on how a terrorist or an extremist chooses to strike Katel states While extremists typically become active in times of social and economic stress Timothy McVeigh the Oklahoma City bomber struck
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