It's crazy to me how many are calling for violent escalation.
This video proves nothing, and it should make ZERO difference whether it's a former marine or a proctologist being assaulted. The very idea that a
veteran somehow holds some higher mythical status than your average citizen goes against everything OWS and it's subsidiaries are protesting for.
I don't think people truly understand what it could mean if the protests escalate. You're looking at marshal law. You're looking at a virtual civil
war as an escalation will undoubtedly draw support to both sides. You're looking at potential riots, deaths, and a clamping down on the flow of
If escalation is inevitable, it cannot be on the side of the protesters without illegitimizing the movement. The second a group of protesters turn
violent, or militia shows up, or military personnel threaten police in any way, we have lost any semblance of control we may have once had.
This is only slightly on topic, and I apologize.. But I see so many people on ATS just aching
for violence and it frightens me. You cannot
obtain a peaceful reality on a violent path. By protesting you are accepting that you might get shot in the face with a rubber bullet, gassed,
batoned, tazed - but we have to maintain the movement as a peaceful one or we revoke any right we have to demand change.
Protesting really does nothing more than raise awareness. Now that we are all aware, there needs to be some clear direction and a non-violent means of
meaningful and effective protest. By this I mean, OWS should promote mass movements. Tax protests (by withholding), marching on the White House,
demanding specific legislation, etc. I am starting to come around to the idea that the protests are unorganized and ineffective, because it seems to
many people the ultimate goal is violent revolution without regard to what will truly bring. It is time for OWS to push meaningful change in a real
way, and not just by going toe to toe with law enforcement.
edit on 26-10-2011 by TinkerHaus because: (no reason given)