NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
3rd June, 1919 : Police in Washington have arrested about 67 anarchists, who face deportation. The arrests were made in the wake of a bomb explosion that shattered the homes of several top government officials three days ago in Washington. The blast, in which the bombers were blown to bits, damaged the home of the Attorney-General, A Mitchell Palmer. The explosion also blew out the windows in the home of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D Roosevelt. Five other substantial homes in the same street were also badly damaged.
[Here a reader may exclaim – Nothing new under the sun? Why, today we don’t deport anybody, decapitating on the streets, killing children at sports events… Wait, please. When an Attorney-General’s house is damaged, or an Assistant Secretary’s windows are broken, a strong action will be certain. Against TEA party activists, of course.]