posted on Dec, 5 2008 @ 04:42 PM
Originally posted by dooper
reply to post by VelmaLu
Fortunately, they too, will eventually weaken overall, but there will be some vicious groups of predators who will survive. That's why folks group
together who have common interests, for mutual defense.
All through history, there have been roving bands, increasingly larger as centuries passed, that lived by conquest. As late as the nineteenth century
in the US, the Comanche fought the Arapaho, who fought the Blackfoot, who fought other tribes, on and on.
The real trick is going to be in the early stages remaining either undetected, or if detected, successfully defensive. Nature and predators will take
care of the rest.
I suspect if there is a complete and total collapse early on, and yet there are military, law enforcement or even fire and rescue still attempting to
operate, the thugs of society will be mowed down immediately. It is too difficult to deal with them otherwise.
I can imagine that there will not be a lot of incentive to transport "prisoners" to jail, especially when it becomes apparent that a certain faction
of society is making it dangerous for everyone. Besides, if you can't arrest them, what are you going to with them? I believe a new "law" will be
established. . . which will be anyone robbing, raping or stealing will be shot on sight. I think criminals will be openly executed with the full
support of the citizenry. With so many people already dead, the survivors will likely become desensitized to death.
I can see the military having no problem going through a neighborhood and removing the undesirable elements. If things got bad enough, I can envision
groups of individuals in isolated pockets forming security patrols and killing looters or criminals on sight.
I think we learned a lot from Hurricane Katrina, but mostly, not to tolerate people preying on rescue workers, roving bands of thugs raping women, or
being disarmed. It's like hijacking a plane. After 9/11, the passengers would rise up and give their life to stop a hijacking in America. There's
no way anyone would successfully fly an airplane into a building again. It isn't going to happen.
I think if Hurricane Katrina hit today, you'd see a much different scenario. You'd still have the idiots who don't prepare and expect the
government to rescue them, but I think you'd see many others willing to use excessive force to protect themselves.