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  •  Or "intimidated" or "incompetent" or "subverted" (1+ / 0-)
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    Lord knows we saw plenty of incompetence or intimidation in southern Nevada this weekend when a gathering of militias drove away the Federal government.  

    Ukraine had a terrible choice to make in late February:  to fire the Berkut or to not fire them.  To not fire them would be seen as an injustice of the type we see all too often in the United States after cops beat protestors.  So Ukraine fired them.  

    Unfortunately, a bunch of unemployed men with keys to the armory are never good for stability.  Chiang Kai-Shek found out when he demobilized his army after WWII.  The United States found this out when it dismissed Iraq's army.  

    For some reason, it's very hard to imagine a mere 20 special operations officers able to take over the central HQ of a police organization "serving" cities of 100,000+.  They had to have help from the inside.  Cops may have been afraid of getting the Berkut treatment from Kiev, or they may have wanted new bosses who looked the other way as they took bribes or roughed up suspects.  

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Sun Apr 13, 2014 at 03:30:27 PM PDT

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