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The standoff between the combined forces of the FBI and ATF and David Koresh-Branch Davidian was viewed as the worse governmental operation in history There were several reasons why Waco turned out the way it did Koresh and 76 of his followers including more than 20 children died in flames because there were breakdowns in communication between FBI and the Branch Davidians as the event unfolds First there was a lack of competency in communication during the negotiation period between the FBI and David Koresh-Branch Davidians The two sides did not come to an understanding because each side wanted different results For example FBI wanted Koresh and the Branch Davidians to come out of the compound and surrender while Koresh wanted the feds to leave the compound In addition the tactics that the FBI used were aggressive When the FBI knocked on the front door of the compound they asked Koresh to come out However the relational aspect of their request made Koresh nervous and scared Koresh perceived the FBI as forceful while the FBI perceived Koresh was resisting arrest when Koresh gave a nasty look and closed the front door Since the FBI presented themselve to be aggressive Koresh retaliated with the same amount of aggression Neither side understood what the other sides message was because their lack of competency in the communication processes As a result the conflict began to escalate when the initial shootout occurred Second culture plays another role in the breakdown of communication While negotiating the type of language the FBI used was different from Koreshs language FBI used technical terms to communicate while Koresh preached his sermons This makes it very difficult for each side to get the message across to one another FBI came from a law enforcement culture therefore they had to use technical terms while communicating On the other hand Koreshs background was religion That is why inter-cultural conversations are extremely hard to maintain when
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