This was the moment I realized that all the hundreds of millions spent on security for the G8/G20 event probably were worth it. Here was a crowd ready to go on the rampage after a burning cop car put the evening’s rush into their veins. Yet such was the manpower at the police’s disposal that they were able to get about 200 fully suited-up men and women staring the rabble down within minutes.
In riot situations, small groups of police often start smashing heads, and even shooting people, when they fear that they are surrounded, or that their numbers are inadequate to hold a particular intersection or barricade. Demonstrators, likewise, will take on the police if they think they have the body count to prevail. But at Queen and Spadina, the police instantly had the numbers to advance on the intersection with confidence. Everyone in the agitators’ ranks knew the score as well. Which is why there was no real confrontation, just a stare-down.
We’ve heard a lot of talk in the run-up to this event about the “intimidating” police presence. Well guess what: That “intimidation” prevented a potentially deadly confrontation at Queen and Spadina last night. It also saved an untold number of innocent storeowners from having their windows smashed and their inventory looted. The purpose of deploying legions of “intimidating” cops on the street isn’t to win a fight against protestors: It’s to make sure a fight never happens in the first place.
Speaking of which: Doesn’t it tell us something that, for all the images of violence displayed on TV screens over the last half day, not a single person seems to have suffered any sort of serious injury? On the left-wing web site rabble.ca, the only photo of an injured protestor the editors could find (as of 2:30am Sunday morning) shows someone lifting a band-aid to reveal a mildly scraped thigh.So...Yup. The terrorists/protestors made the case for the investment.
If it weren't for the terrorists/protestors and their violence and destruction, there wouldn't have been any need. But the need is greater than ever, especially when you add the threat posed by the real, hardcore terrorists, like the Al Qaeda folks...
You know, if there hadn't been so much security spending and such, and there was a 9/11-style attack that killed thousands, well, don't you think the Left and the Old Media would blame PM Harper for what happened, saying that they "didn't invest enough in the safety of the People, and were too cheap"?
No injuries. Lots of Kristallnacht-esque damage, but no real injuries. Just some old pussy Prog whining and crying about a little scrape. Kind of reminds me of the NDP's Svend "Jewel Thief" Robinson getting all worked up about his pants being ruined and threatening to sue.
Hmm. You know, the way things are going in America under the Obamacrat Reich, does one not think that there'd have been lax security if the summits were held in an American city? Of course there'd be lax security... on purpose, by design. Because the Obamacracy lives for crises, whether they be accidental or manmade by whomever. They use crises as opportunities to impose more national socialism and impose draconian rights-robbing legislation as a "fix" for the problem...