By Nathan Barton
How many people today remember the year 1968, and the violence which wracked the Fifty States (then, still, the United States, even if in a downward spiral of a century’s duration)? The protests and riots, the “barbeque” in DC, the shootings and killings and assassinations?
Probably time to brush up on history and remember it … and learn from it.
Thursday, 07 July 2016, is the next step onto the path that was followed in 1968, when society was “stronger” and there was a lot more trust. NewsTalk Radio 1290 reports of the “Black Lives Matter” protests which turned violent on Thursday night: eleven cops shot, five dead, and at least one of the people shooting cops dead by his own hand ending a standoff with the surviving cops.
Dallas: the place of death of one president, is again a battlefield.
The news, as always, is confusing and contradictory: the incident took place before 10 PM on a hot summer night. The reports are that two snipers engaged 10-11 police officers, including several transit police (not regular police forces). Supposedly, three suspects are in custody and one is dead. Another person, of whom the Dallas police sent out photos (dressed in camo and carrying a rifle), has turned himself in and is apparently not one of the combatants. It appears that many people WERE armed on this march to protest police brutality.
There are rumors of bombs, of “lone wolf” attackers, and a lot more. What is clear is that conflict in society has escalated, and for the first time there appears to be an organized (and successful) attempt to engage a police force. The associations/affiliations of the people fighting the police are unknown. Were the shootings and killings a direct act of protest against the police brutality, or were they simply taking advantage of a massive protest and gathering, with easy targets? People are, of course, panicking.
Be prepared: remember that the police are armed to defend themselves, and NOT to defend you. You and your family and your neighborhood must be able, prepared and trained, to defend yourselves.