Ferguson, Mo. – On Tuesday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced plans to deploy more than 2,200 National Guard troops to the Ferguson area. Keep in mind that this is more troops than the 1,400 Obama recently announced would be sent to Iraq to fight ISIS at a cost of $3.7 billion dollars.
This raises some interesting questions. Does it really take more soldiers to be deployed in an American city to stem potential violence, than it does to defeat a foreign boogeyman “terrorist group,” that possess’ heavy weaponry, that politicians describe as a “serious threat” to America?
Nixon made the announcement after being heavily criticized by Ferguson Mayor James Knowles as well as Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, who said that more National Guard should have been in the area last night to prevent the violence and rioting that left many buildings and cars in flames.
The scenes on the ground resembled that of a war zone, with buildings ablaze and a small number of protesters engaging in looting and vandalizing, and riot gear clad officers firing teargas and pepper spray at protestors.
Oddly, the ones rioting and looting were for the most part left alone, while those standing in solidarity to protest the decision peacefully were the ones that took the brunt of the police violence.
At a press conference, Nixon said, “No one should have to live like this. No one deserves this. We must do better and we will. This morning and into this afternoon, I met with Guard and law enforcement leaders. All agreed that the violence we saw in the area of Ferguson last night cannot be repeated.”
St. Louis police chief, Jon Belmar, said that he needed an additional 10,000 officers to quell the mayhem seen last night stating, “I don’t think we can prevent folks who really are intent on destroying a community.”
Perhaps if law enforcement wasn’t initiating violence against the peaceful protestors, there would be less outrage and exhibitions of renegade behavior. People are only willing to be beaten and gassed, while peacefully protesting, for so long before they have had enough and begin to retaliate with violence.
While the main stream media portrays the mayhem on the ground as a result of looters and rioters, this behavior didn’t occur in a vacuum and was often precipitated by law enforcement’s initiation of aggressive action first, according to numerous journalist live streaming from Ferguson.
Throughout history no nation has ever been able to maintain freedom at home and empire abroad, it seems the U.S. is no exception to the rule.
Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.