WASHINGTON - How many more protesters or how much resistance to arrest would it have taken for the confrontation to have escalated.
Were the police who made the arrests armed? Would there have been casualties if the crowd had reacted with physical or armed resistance?
Obviously the event didn't get that big or confrontational.
But, what if it had? We had a civil war because a significant number of people objected to Federal Policy.
I'm sure most all of us will say, "Don't let the situation get out of hand."
"Nip it in the bud before full scale mob protests get started."
At what point in time do we call out the National Guard or bring in full scale military presence?
We had National Guard involvement in the civil rights confrontations of the '60s. Some folks cheered and some cried foul. We call in the National Guard to keep the peace around national political conventions. We call the National Guard in to maintain order when major natural disasters cripple local authority or the need for control exceeds local law enforcement capacity.
What would you have to say about the U.N. or any outside nations stepping in to curtail the Federal Government's resistance to citizen protests? I'm sure we have readers and contributors to this sight that support the protestors and some who think immediate and convincing force should be employed to shut down the protestors. Should we tolerate foreign interference in our internal affairs?
How many countries and provinces around the world are plagued with despotic dictators and militia type war lords that rape and pillage at will? How do we determine which ones we will choose to bring in military force to intervene? Manned bombers or unmanned drones are military operations. History tells us that ground forces are very apt to be called in, eventually. Will slapping one despot cause all the others to disband? We slapped Saddam Hussein and it appears that didn't convince the despots in Egypt, Lybia, or any of the other little operators to run and hide.