This is such a difficult situation! Of course, it's TERRIBLE to see this happen in the streets of the USA. And the answer to the OP is that No, this
definitely does NOT look like America to me. (I could only watch the 2nd vid)
I can see both sides of this situation and both truly break my heart. I appreciate JWH44
's unique perspective here.
And I don't expect
answers to these, but I have questions. As arcnaver
said, we're missing the context. And even though it may seem clear what we're seeing,
without context, we cannot know.
Why were they clearing the street? Were they "just following orders"? Or was this street needed for something else relating to the G-20? Were they
clearing the protesters just because they were protesting?
Where was this in comparison to the summit meeting? Was there a security risk to the world leaders? Is this area inside a "security zone" for the
summit or along the path that leaders would travel?
Did the cops know why they were doing what they were doing? Did they care?
It really breaks my heart. I could almost feel some of the cops thinking that they hated doing what they were doing, but they were under orders and,
like the military, they are trained not to question those orders. Did they go home that night and cry for their country? Or did they brag to their
wives how they scared the hippies? Could it be that there were some of each?
If they broke ranks, what hell would they have to pay?
What happened before the recording started? Did the cops explain why the area was being cleared? Was anyone hurt?
Think of all the peaceful protests around the country that DON'T get dispersed... I know this "shouldn't" happen in America, but I can see
situations where it could and not be "fascism". After all, in some other countries, they wouldn't use jackbooted cops to clear an area. They would
use machine guns.
I mean, there are so many questions I have that will never be answered. And I think it's unfair for me to make a judgment about this out of context.
I just can't do it, but it's sad beyond belief! I'm so sorry for my country...
[edit on 26-9-2009 by Benevolent Heretic]