reply to post by MichiganSwampBuck
I'm not actually sure it's about the city itself, I would be inclined to believe they are weak-minded nationalists who trust their government no
matter what. I think they're the kinds of people who believe their government is out to protect their interests, and if you brought up any historical
facts to prove them incorrect they'll conveniently ignore it.
Basically, they're the same as religious people who blindly accept and follow, without questioning. I think it's been proven that there are leaders
and followers, and in my opinion those who believe in organized religion are inclined to be followers, never questioning, and that this can translate
to government too.
It would be interesting to see some statistical data on the subject, but I believe it's probable that the military has a higher number of those who
believe in God (and therefore more willing to follow orders without questioning their morality) than atheists.
As for me, I'm undecided about whether I would stand and fight or bug out. It depends on the circumstances of the event.
My primary thoughts are for the safety of my family and friends, and that would dictate my actions depending on the scenario. But it's safe to say
that I would not be trusting my government, national or local.
That's not because I necessarily believe they don't have the interests of the people in the forefront of their minds (which they consistently
don't) but because I view them all as incompetent.
When the riots happened last year I was watching the news constantly waiting to see if my area was being affected. Luckily it wasn't that bad here.
But I was preparing to leave if I had to.
I was born in London (before moving as a child), and seeing the city being attacked from the inside like that was hard to watch. If I had been living
there I would have been teaming up with the neighbors to protect our property on the first night, and persuading them that we should all leave the
following day. The police were shown to be worse than useless in that event, and our country really was hours away from needing military on the
streets of our cities.
If the military arrived on my street to respond to something like this, I would be out of here in a heartbeat to find a small village for a few weeks
or months. Sitting back and waiting for it to get worse would not be an option, but I know a lot of others who would do exactly that. Not through
pride of their city, but just through ignorance at how these things unfold and how they escalate.
Most people in our countries don't believe that these things are possible. They don't understand history, they don't realize that nations in the
grip of war and dictatorship now were once relatively free (to differing degrees over history). Why is it so hard to imagine what could happen on our