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The Berkeley protests/riots/battle/whatever was a little over half a year ago. Charlottesville is less than a day old. To be honest, I am a little bit freaked out as to what is happening to my country.
Violent riots are sadly an American staple. Pick a decade there is probably one if not two (or ten). There are some differences here that concern me.
If you watch any video from the riots, you will see people armed with a variety of weapons. Ironically, in the land of things that go bang that has not happened here . . . yet . . . let me repeat “yet”. There have been non-LE’s with guns – but so far those guns have remained silent. Thank God. But even if a bang has not gone off there has still been violence. Enter the idea of limited force.
These confrontations are more like rumbles than a war. Collective duels if you will. Admittedly there is overlap of the two. This is the idea of “limited” war. Just like the U.S. did not want to bomb Chinese Air bases that sheltered Communist Vietnamese jets, so too neither side (and there are sides) wants to go bang yet . . . yet.
Both sides are showing up armed. This stuff is planned way in advanced. So much so I would call that a “difference” the kind of which I alluded to earlier. Another difference is that I can honestly state that in all my years of existence I have never seen so many cops stand down when laws were being broken right in front of them. Forget just the hat – I will wear a tin foil suit for that claim.
So Americans are going at it on our streets with clubs, pepper spray, shields (lots of those to the point of weird), and “yes” “knives”. Americans are “bearing arms” although if our founders could see this I am sure they would have a WTF moment.
Cars too are being used as weapons, in this case leaving 1 dead and dozens wounded.
I am having a WTF moment too. Am I alone? Is Eden burning or is it burnt?
Historically, most wars smolder instead of blowing up. So far America is just smoldering. Am I being positive or cynical for being thankful for that?