Marauding rioters paralyze a P.C.-addled mayor. . . .
Baltimore's idiot mayor called for "balance" between protesters and thugs. As reported by CBS Baltimore:
I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech. It’s a very delicate balancing act. Because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate. (Emphasis added.)
The mayor's moronic comments echo the "Burn baby! Burn!" cry of race rioters in 1965. On TV she decried a "blatant mischaracterization" of her contemptible comments, which in fact could not have been more clear.
The mayor later added insult to injury: "[W]e've seen what happens when you use too much force" . . . [and create] . . . "a military state." Now we've seen what happens when you stand idle for days as rioters ramp up their game.
African-American gangs targeted whites explicitly. Baltimore gangs called a ceasefire so they could unite in targeting cops. The police watched as rioters torched property. The city's police commissioner concedes his cops were "outflanked" by the rioters.
One store owner protected a reporter who had been maced by a thug, by brandishing a shotgun.
In a 1991 National Review article, Eugene Methvin offered readers a riot primer:
In a nutshell: Riots begin when some set of social forces temporarily overwhelms or paralyzes the police, who stand by, their highly visible inaction signaling to the small percentage of teenaged embryonic psychopaths and hardened young adults that a moral holiday is under way. This criminal minority spearheads the car-burning, window-smashing, and blood-letting, mobbing such hate targets as blacks, or white merchants, or lone cops. Then the drawing effect brings out the large crowds of older men, and women and children, to share the Roman carnival of looting. Then the major killing begins: slow runners caught in burning buildings and-as civic forces mobilize-in police and National Guard gunfire.
The books are on the shelf- let the responsible authorities in city hall and police headquarters check them out.
The time to halt a riot is right at the start, by pinching off the criminal spearhead with precise and overwhelming force. The cops will usually be caught flat-footed (no pun intended) by the initial outbreak. But they need to spring into a pre-arranged mobilization that should always be as ready in every major city as the fire-department or hospital disaster-response program.
Methvin compared what happened in 1967 in Detroit, where cops were held back, versus in Toledo, where the police chief, backed by the mayor & governor, acted decisively at the outset:
There, five hundred young men began breaking windows along a six-block stretch. The fourth police cruiser arriving radioed: "Do you want us to observe?" That such a question should even have been asked was damning proof that Americans had let years of extreme court rulings and hysterical "police brutality" propaganda paralyze our last line of defense against criminal anarchy.
Yet in Toledo the answer snapped back steely and clear. Police Chief Tony Bosh happened to be monitoring the radio and he barked: Arrest every lawbreaker you can — and meet illegal force with legal force!"
Just as quickly, Toledo's mayor requested and Ohio Governor James Rhodes called in five hundred National Guardsmen to stand behind police in reserve, with well-publicized orders to kill if necessary to maintain order. They were never needed. Toledo's police arrested 22 people (nine for possessing firebombs) in the first three hours. That was almost triple the number Detroit and Newark police arrested in the same period.
At TAS, Ben Stein, raised in Baltimore--which he notes is the city where America's national anthem was born--explains why the authorities let looters run amok:
I blame the media for much of this. The political structure is terrified of CNN coming down on them as racist. They are so frightened that they don’t even act to protect black homes and places of business. They won’t arrest thugs shown on TV committing robberies for fear of being called racist. This is largely because the media is so pitiless and so nonsensical in how it chooses to report life and death in the black community. No one wants to get in its crosshairs. The word “racist” is used so foolishly that it no longer has much meaning in most instances where it is used.
But if the political class will not stand up to the rioters, then instead of the rioters and looters being one tenth of one percent — or less — of the Baltimore metropolitan area, the looters will become greater and greater in number and law will simply vanish. So will public safety, civil rights, and any hope of prosperity.
To me, the TV coverage of the looting had several noteworthy features. The main one was that the law-abiding black people of the affected areas of Baltimore repeatedly asked, “Why aren’t the police and the mayor protecting us? Why are they siding with the rioters and the looters?”
The answer is because they don’t want to be attacked by Anderson Cooper or the network news. They don’t want to be branded as racist, no matter how far from racist their actions are. They know that their whole lives depend on avoiding even the hint of being called racist.
On top of all this, just what we need: Al Sharpton plans a march on Washington.
Bottom Line. A major American city is aflame, courtesy of six years during which our pseudo-post-racial president and his race-obsessed attorney-general--now succeeded by a racialist clone--with no end in sight. When Barack Obama departs the Oval Office come Jan. 20, 2017, he will leave the once-proud republic in a shambles. In addition to leaving America diplomatically weaker than it has been in a century, since Woodrow Wilson put America on the world stage by taking us into World War I (having promised to keep us out of it), The One will leave an America more deeply domestically divided than it has been in a century and a half, since the end of the Civil War.
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