It’s Antifa’s Yarp or Narp Moment….

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It's Antifa's Yarp or Narp Moment....

Sgt. Angel: [Paus­ing from the fight] No lis­ten wait wait wait wait wait Michael Lis­ten. Is this what you really really want want?
Michael: [Paus­ing to Think] Yarp.
Sgt. Angel: Suit Your­self [Attacks]

Hot Fuzz 2007

The Bat­tle at Berke­ley where the feared thugs of Antifa, con­fronted for the very first time by a foe will­ing to punch back left the field humil­i­ated, in full retreat sub­jected to not only beat­ing includ­ing weg­gies is both a turn­ing point and a time for deci­sion for the group: Is vio­lent con­fronta­tion what they really want?

Now it would be very easy to let Trump sup­port­ers assem­ble and have their ral­lies, it would be a sim­ple thing to let speak­ers on the right speak and make their counter argu­ment. There are cer­tainly enough left­ists in Cal­i­for­nia to allow them to dwarf Trump events if they can get the folks to turn out, but their entire MO to this point has been vio­lence and intim­i­da­tion and if they can’t intim­i­date then they’re just another group of left­ists whin­ing about the election.

On the other hand it’s now been clearly estab­lished that:

  1. Trump Sup­port­ers can fight and win even fac­ing bricks and Pep­per Spray.
  2. The same police that didn’t engage to stop Antifa from beat­ing peo­ple are just as will­ing to sit back and let them get beaten too.

So Antifa is going to con­tinue to go the vio­lence route they are either going to have to esca­late with lethal weaponry or aug­ment their num­bers per­haps per­suad­ing the Black Pan­thers or some Latin Gangs to fight with them.

The prob­lem with the for­mer is they will almost cer­tainly be out­gunned by the Jack­son­ian Trump sup­port­ers who I sus­pect will not hes­i­tate to return fire (which would likely cre­ate the Mar­tyrs that the anti-​Trump left is hop­ing for) and it it becomes the later then they will lose all con­trol over the sit­u­a­tion and could lead to blood­shed on a scale they nei­ther want nor imagine.

So what will it be Antifa, will you choose to respect the free right of Amer­i­cans to assem­ble and speak or will you choose vio­lence and esca­la­tion and all the per­sonal risks it will involve?

Is that what you really want, Yarp or Narp?

Sgt. Angel: [Pausing from the fight] No listen wait wait wait wait wait Michael Listen. Is this what you really really want want?
Michael: [Pausing to Think] Yarp.
Sgt. Angel: Suit Yourself [Attacks]

Hot Fuzz 2007

The Battle at Berkeley where the feared thugs of Antifa, confronted for the very first time by a foe willing to punch back left the field humiliated, in full retreat subjected to not only beating including weggies is both a turning point and a time for decision for the group: Is violent confrontation what they really want?

Now it would be very easy to let Trump supporters assemble and have their rallies, it would be a simple thing to let speakers on the right speak and make their counter argument. There are certainly enough leftists in California to allow them to dwarf Trump events if they can get the folks to turn out, but their entire MO to this point has been violence and intimidation and if they can’t intimidate then they’re just another group of leftists whining about the election.

On the other hand it’s now been clearly established that:

  1. Trump Supporters can fight and win even facing bricks and Pepper Spray.
  2. The same police that didn’t engage to stop Antifa from beating people are just as willing to sit back and let them get beaten too.

So Antifa is going to continue to go the violence route they are either going to have to escalate with lethal weaponry or augment their numbers perhaps persuading the Black Panthers or some Latin Gangs to fight with them.

The problem with the former is they will almost certainly be outgunned by the Jacksonian Trump supporters who I suspect will not hesitate to return fire (which would likely create the Martyrs that the anti-Trump left is hoping for) and it it becomes the later then they will lose all control over the situation and could lead to bloodshed on a scale they neither want nor imagine.

So what will it be Antifa, will you choose to respect the free right of Americans to assemble and speak or will you choose violence and escalation and all the personal risks it will involve?

Is that what you really want, Yarp or Narp?