|Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:26 pm Post subject: MILITARY MIGHT vs. LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT by Brendan Cross
|MILITARY MIGHT vs. LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
In a previous statement, I said I wouldn't mention the military. Some might wonder why. So I will explain. It comes down to very simple calculation and reality. If there ever was a time of civil unrest, protest, revolution, or a Native uprising, one must always consider the past. Of course we know that during the Oka crisis in the early 90's, Aboriginal people were confronted by the military in a very public way. Viewed by millions of Canadians on television and through the media. Someone I once talked to said that while in Montreal during the crisis, all they could remember was feeling fear. And I asked what of? And the answer was a simple, "I don't know. I was just scared. I was scared of the Indians." We all know that the crisis ended eventually with only one military casualty, but the shadow of the crisis lasted for many years afterwards in the psyche of the nation. It had come to that, I guess.
Peace is a valuable resource in Canada, one imbedded as a right in the founding of our country. "Peace, Order, and Good Goverment." We can sometimes see in the United States of America, a growing military state, with greater law enforcement to counter a growing tension amongst the population. Many a video exists of abuse, protest, and clamp-down by local law enforcement. We all should hope here in Canada that growing concerns should never grow into conflict. We are a peaceful nation. With intelligence and consensus at times. But there always exists the possibility that Peace, Order, and Good Government will start to erode or erupt. So I will put forth a better solution than the terrible showdown at Oka.
In 2006, there was a confrontation in Caledonia, where a group of about 20 Aboriginal people sleeping on lot were pounced upon by almost 100 police, who beat a woman, and scared almost half of the 20 who were under the age of 18. There was a quick retaliation by the Aboriginal people in the nearby community, and the Police Chief of the OPP went on television to "re-assure" the public that they had upwards of a thousand man force ready to descend. Imagine that! But the image on television that was played on the news more than once in the days afterwards was of the back window of a police van being batted out by a big Indian and the image of a cowering policeman sitting on his butt, pushing himself backwards with a baton in his hand. Imagine THAT!
Now, one must think about some options that people always bat around when in the mindset of confrontation, political activist intervention, or stupid thinking about destruction to something national or corporate to get a message across of fright. People talk about bombing a pipeline, which makes no sense whatsoever ecologically, or logically. Others might think of attacking a national building in a riot, or targeting a corporation. Again, it seems silly to destroy property that will certainly be insured and rebuilt, with security cameras all around which will assure identification of suspects and arrest. And the spectre of Oka always lies upon the memory. Aboriginal people and like-minded creatures would certainly consider, once again, a confrontation with, or an attack on, the military. But it makes no sense.
Why would you target a secure military base located out of city limits when they have guns, tanks, bazookas, and flamethrowers. And trained personnel who are conditioned to kill first, and ask simply no questions. How would Indians get out there anyways? On our bikes?! Indeed, one must always remember the shift from Oka to Caledonia and abandon the thought of a move against Military Might and instead look at Local Law Enforcement. Indeed, local law enforcement is immediately identifiable, immediately present, and immediately known by some at some times. A cruiser is most easily identified, and police wear iconic uniforms. One can easily size up a policeman or woman by first looking at where their belt lies on their hip, which side their gun is on, where their hand hangs in relation to their gun, how long their forearm is, how short their bicep is, the width of their shoulders, how far their forehead sticks out, their posture, and the angle of their face and forehead.
And we have numbers. Why congregate in a public place with borders on each side, where numbers of police can march in and pinhole the groups like sheep in a pen? A better consideration would be to gather a small band of people together and arm oneself with bats, or bricks, or both, or a longgun, now that the registry if abolished. A police cruiser would certainly respond to a complaint from a household or person concerned about a gang of people in a neighbourhood or street. And that's where the error lies. A cruiser or two would certainly be surrounded and windows are proven to be shattered or broken, blinding or obscuring the line of driving vision. If guns were drawn, they would be drawn in confusion, or panic, or in trained calm but only able to target one individual. Perhaps a casualty is worth the victory. Because the mass would surround the person and partner.
It would have to be considered first, and perhaps planned, and most definitely organized amongst the number involved. Neighbourhoods would have to designated, with place of interest defined. On the street or on two opposing sidewalks. One could also, most definitely, simply walk by the local cop shop to count the cruisers in the parking lot, too. Never mess with the military. There are Peace Treaties to be honoured in that regard. The military might even respond in the face of a local uprising, but by that time, enough damage and danger would be wrought. The banding together of the many few would create the wider mob. And all would be sitting ducks, but it would be worth the effort. Just to be satisfied with the intitial carnage.
Always make friends with your Local Law Enforcement. They are there to serve and protect. They are known by their last names, and have homes, and families. Indeed, they are here to serve and protect.
Brendan William Cross