Natasha Fatah gives the police a break. She is hardly what I would consider a law and order conservative. My friend Beth Corbett will be on MTV tonight also defending legitimate police actions. And then there is my friend David Harris. He decries the inaction of the past. In essence he says the rioters knew they would get away with it. As I have said before what happened to Mike Brock and Kathy Shaidle and others was wrong. However, the police do have a job to do. A job which is actually very difficult to do. One must weigh liberty against safety and rampage. Police misdoing must be investigated and dealt with, however I think tarring them all with the same brush is unfair. Call me whatever you like. I appreciate some peace, some order and some good government. Only in that context is liberty fully realized. It is funny that the lefties who damn all state power in this context have backed environmentostalinism and the ever encroaching nanny state. Mike and my other friends are at least far more consistent.
Businesses damaged. Cars aflame. It’s been two weeks and we’ve yet to take responsibility for Toronto’s G20 rioting. We should, because we laid the groundwork for it.
For years, our neglect, denial and self-censorship have prepared the conditions for this kind of mess. We citizens have elected, appointed and rewarded those who have all but telegraphed the message that it is open season on public order, peace and stability.
Toronto’s civic leaders and police management set the stage for the summit riots by advertising their self-paralyzing tendencies. Remember 2009, when the city signalled its willingness to be victimized by masses of Tamil Tigers’ terrorist supporters who flouted the law by blocking public thoroughfares? Ordinary citizens saw their constitutional right to free movement impinged, and had to get out of the way. Police high command met its own short-term convenience by refusing to act as police. This dereliction clearly had the support of city government. There were no consequences for Metro police and city managers who facilitated this lawlessness and public constraint. Meanwhile, society said little, and adversaries watched and took note.