posted on Oct, 31 2008 @ 04:43 AM
I am torn on this.
I think it is an unpredictable situation. If Obama loses, the sense of frustration will spill over in certain places (and I think there are
preparations for this being made, as there should be for any election, but especially this one because racial tensions are increased).
These things can easily escalate. Riots often happen when there is a sense of extreme injustice. So one small group of angry people, if not handled
the right way by the authorities or any policing force, angers a thousand more. Retaliation increases and it becomes self-perpetuating in my
There might just be a few short bursts of "minor incidents", things that aren't even worth reporting. Which might help prevent anything larger. I
don't think many would openly protest and revolt if they thought they might be alone in their stand.
I have personally seen a drunken gang of twenty misbehaving turn into a riot involving a few hundred (if not a few thousand, it was spread over a very
large area). And in that case there wasn't any perceived injustice, and it happened in no more than an hour. Ultimately, it ended after eight hours
with riot police charging. Few arrests were made, but the damage was extensive. There was nothing to loot fortunately (it was a music festival), but
vending vehicles were torched, as were trees and anything else flammable.
So, I guess I can see it as a possibility. So many hopes are pinned on Obama, the sense of loss if he doesn't win is going to be big.
[edit on 31-10-2008 by detachedindividual]