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Two sheriff’s deputies in Compton, California are ambushed while sitting in their patrol car, each suffering a gunshot wound to the head. Only by the grace of God did they survive.
A Trump supporter is gunned down in cold blood in Portland, Oregon as anti-American anarchists applaud the act.
Diners at a restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh are accosted by Black Lives Matter protesters who demand they raise their fists in support or kneel in submission.
This is America 2020 and while some claim we are not actually engaged in a civil war, the facts seem to indicate otherwise.
An opinion piece in the Washington Times posed the question if we are able to avoid civil war on American streets. We believe we are already there.
According to Gary Anderson in a piece last month, he said that when the Cold War with the former Soviet Union ended, historians at the time predicted there would be a “period of international peace through globalization.”
Anderson was the chief of staff of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab and a leader of the Marine Corps urban warfare experimentation.
Others however, including some officers in the United States Marines believed that non-state actors in nations destined to fail without the competition between the US and USSR would engage in a form of war. They used the term Fourth Generation Warfare (4GW) to describe engaging an enemy that wasn’t state sanctioned however would be armed as such.
The military officers believed that any such conflict would likely occur in a Third World nation, however Anderson noted the first conflict actually occurred in Europe upon the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. Other countries followed afterward, such as Somalia, Liberia, Yemen, and Sierra Leone.
During the military’s preparation for a 4GW type conflict, proponents of such training believed that any such conflict would likely take place in urban areas. One such proponent was Gen. Charles Krulak, who would eventually become the commandant of the Marine Corps.
In 1995, when he took over the Corps, Krulak directed the Corps to prepare for urban combat, and noted that didn’t preclude such a war on the streets of America.
Anderson, who served as a U.N. observer in Lebanon, believed that Krulak was actually on to something with his assessment of potential future violence in America’s cities because he had witnessed the exact same thing happen in that country.
He noted that in the mid-1970s, Lebanon, which at one time was a beacon in the Middle East was, as he described transformed “to a hellhole of incoherent violence because the nation’s political and religious factions were allowed to settle their differences by violence rather than through political discourse.”
How similar is that to what is currently going on in the streets of America in our major cities, where Democrats have basically taken a hands-off approach to the violence wreaking havoc in their cities? We have often compared what is going on in cities such as Portland and Seattle with Beirut, which turned into a third-world hell hole.
Where Beirut was allowed to virtually disintegrate when leaders took a hands-off approach and stopped enforcing the rule of law, violent factions—in the United States think Black Lives Matter and Antifa—were allowed to establish themselves without fear of retribution. Notice any similarities?
For example, back at the beginning of the summer, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan took a hands-off approach as anarchists claimed a six-block area of the city as a so-called “autonomous zone,” and only took action when things ran out of control in that area.
Durkan, who likened the zone to some type of modern-day “Woodstock” even said she foresaw the “summer of love” when the zone was claimed and renamed CHAZ. She quickly became the laughingstock of most normal thinking Americans.
Anderson noted that “nations fail when their leaders stop enforcing the rule of law and allow violent factions the legitimacy to begin to establish effective rule in the territory that they control; this undermines the mechanisms of governance such as the police, other security services and the courts.”
Does this sound at all familiar? Cries across the country of “defund the police,” with some cities actually doing so such as Minneapolis, New York, and Los Angeles, even as crime explodes in those cities.
What about governors and district attorneys opening their jails under the guise of “safety” so that inmates do not become susceptible to COVID-19? Commit a crime in cities such as St. Louis, Chicago, or again New York? Chances are you’ll be released and the DA will drop the charges.
Things have become so absurd that a district attorney in Contra Costa County in California is now asking investigators to determine “need” before charging people with looting, justifying that perhaps the looters “needed” the merchandise they lifted.
Portland, Oregon has endured over 100 days of nightly violence. Still, Mayor Ted Wheeler and other Democrats throughout the country blame the police—or President Trump—for the unmitigated violence.
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The president has repeatedly offered federal troops to that city and repeatedly Wheeler has turned him down. It got to the point where the Acting Director of Homeland Security Chad Wolf directed federal law enforcement officers to protect the federal courthouse in the city.
Yet Wheeler somehow claimed that those officers had incited the riots, which were well underway by that time.
Both Portland and Seattle have effectively eviscerated their police departments, implementing rules of engagement for police officers that are not only insufficient but they are also extremely dangerous.
They removed the ability of officers to utilize various mitigation techniques at their disposal to put down the riots that have seen hundreds of officers injured and which has led to a mass exodus of officers from both departments.
In Portland, as much as the police do not respect Wheeler neither do the rioting thugs.
Wheeler apparently thinks that he is buying himself some good graces from the anarchists by bending over and effectively grabbing his ankles, but his sign of weakness has led to those same thugs going to Wheeler’s apartment complex and asking for his resignation.
Wheeler also has a city commissioner, Jo Ann Hardesty who thinks herself some kind of modern-day Malcolm X and who effectively undermines Wheeler for her own self-aggrandizement.
Why have these rioters become emboldened?
Part of it has come from the fact that leftist prosecutors are refusing to prosecute them, but part of it also has to come from the fact that all law enforcement has been demonized by the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, LeBron James, the professional sports leagues, and James Clyburn.
They have been referred to as Nazis, stormtroopers and the Gestapo.
Anderson notes that these insurgents, with the help of social media such as Twitter, which refuses to deplatform the radicals, has become “better organized, militarized and increasingly armed,” which has led citizens to take up arms themselves.
The feeling is that the police, who have largely “stood down” in many communities across the country, may no longer be able to help.
Indeed in some communities, calls to 911 have gone unanswered as cops are left overwhelmed with rioting mobs. This is particularly true, he says in the Pacific Northwest, which has really turned into “ground zero” in what can only be described as a virtual urban warfare zone.
All of this of course puts President Trump in a bit of a pickle. Clearly, the president is on the side of the police and the rule of law. It is likely that a majority of Americans who do not identify with a “D” next to their name would support Trump taking decisive federal action to put down this quasi-insurrection once and for all.
An overwhelming majority of American police officers are squarely behind the president because they understand that Democrats simply do not support them and have thrown down with the mob.
Anderson says, and we agree 100% that the president needs to take decisive action, and sooner rather than later. This has frankly gone on for far too long.
In cities where local leaders fail to control the violence, either because they can’t or more particularly where they won’t, the president should implement the Insurrection Act in specific targeted areas.
By so doing, the president could direct federal administrators to take control of the cities and if necessary use federal troops to do so. By putting these cities under federal jurisdiction, it would take the namby pamby political hack district attorneys out of the loop and place these anarchist scumbags in the federal system.
Of course, if President Trump does that, with a complicit media cheering against him, Democrats will accuse him of being a “dictator” and trying to control the election, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with the election and everything to do with doing his job.
It’s interesting however that Democrat governors, who have been acting like dictators drunk with power by their overreaching coronavirus executive orders literally would have zero room to talk.
The president would simply be filling the leadership void left by spineless, gutless city leaders who think they are buying some “tolerance” by showing no leadership and exposing themselves as weasels who can be walked on. It is the ultimate sign of weakness.
Contrast Wheeler with the mayor of Rochester, New York, Anderson says. She took decisive action against the rioters by banning after-dark gatherings of more than five people and ordered police to not aid demonstrators in acts such as blocking interstate highways. While the demonstrations continue in the city, the more violent riots have pretty much stopped.
We still have time to prevent a full-scale civil war on our streets, but honestly time is running short. Joe Biden in fact actually warned that if President Trump is re-elected, don’t expect the violence to stop. What Biden didn’t say is that if HE is elected, don’t expect the violence to stop either. In Biden, you have Ted Wheeler only on a national scale.
Biden is clearly weak and will easily be manipulated by the radical wing of the Democrat party, the same people who are putting up bail money for rioters in cities such as Minneapolis—like his running mate, Kamala Harris.
The Civil War took an estimated 700,000 lives. It is fair to say that a civil war in 2020 will take many more lives than that. For what?
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