Waaaay back in the day, your humble correspondent was bullied at elementary school. The bullying continued and indeed grew more violent as time went on without punitive action from any source. Finally, I had had enough and the bully got the living s*** beat out of him, after which he stopped bullying my nascent blunt and cranky corpus. He did it as long as it was successful, and stopped bullying when it stopped being successful.
Back in the day, Ronnie Reagan negotiated with Iranian terrorists, giving the lie to our oft-stated “never negotiate with terrorists” policy (you remember the Iran-Contra scandal? That.) and thus encouraged decades of terrorist attacks against the USA: because our weak, two-faced actions did not match our tough rhetoric.
Somewhat later, Russia invaded Georgia, and the Bushistas made all manner of blustering, bellicose threats, none of which they could (or did) back up. So the Neo-Soviets in Moscow went right ahead and stole part of a foreign country, and just recently did it again (Crimea) and is currently doing it yet again as this is being written (Eastern Ukraine). Because the West showed that our big talk was just that: all talk, no walk.
And last weekend, a bunch of mouth-breathing domestic terrorists waved their cheap plastic guns at Federal agents, and the Feds showed their bellies and surrendered. Granted, no one wants bloodshed, but this sets a precedent and sends the same message to these un-American “militia” scumbuckets that Reagan sent to Iran, and Bush sent to Russia. And the results are all too likely to be similar.
Because you cannot reason with the unreasonable. Because humans tend to do this time what worked last time. So the treasonous bastard terrorists in America will say to themselves, “threatening to kill Feds worked so well, let’s do it again”.
Short-term appeasement of violent extremists might seem reasonable in a given moment: but it always ends badly. The BLM officials who caved to violent terrorists have emboldened these white, Teabagging, anti-America, strong-argument-for-retroactive-abortion yahoos, and you can bet they will take the same lesson that bullies and terrorists always do. Those stupid f***s.
Mr. Blunt and Cranky