I find it a bit disturbing seeing all the rhetoric meant to incite hatred against the police. Police officers, after all, are people who rush headlong into danger on a typical day at the office. We’ve seen the tragic outcome of incompetent police action back in 2010 when a squad of police officers who couldn’t wield their weapons competently botched a hostage rescue resulting in the death of nine Hong Kong tourists. If we do the statistics, we’ll likely find that more trouble is caused when the police are restrained than when they are given latitude to do their jobs. One wonders then what the end game of the “activists”, radicals, and extremists who demonise the police is.
There seems to be an emerging pattern in the way “activists” always paint the police as the “evil” antagonist. Perhaps it is because anarchy can only prosper when a state’s police forces are significantly weakened. Anarchy, after all, is the foundation upon which extremist elements mount their jihads or “revolutions” whether it be one that seeks to establish their long-overdue (they say) pan-continental caliphate or dictatorship of the proletariat.
What they seem to not be telling the people they seek to convert to their cause is their proposed alternative to the police if they do succeed at crushing them. Obviously there is none other than, get this, standing up their own police force, say, some sort of Taliban or Revolutionary Guard to keep their newly-subjugated population under control. Either way, it is likely that under the rule of an extremist Islamic or communist government, a police state far more oppressive than the one they imagine is the case today will likely take effect.
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People need to routinely ask an “activist” or radical a simple question whenever they get an earful of their quaint slogans: And then what?
“Overthrow the US-[insert current president here] Dictatorship!”
And then what?
“US troops out now!”
And then what?
“Junk the Anti-Terrorism Bill”
And then what?
Regardless of what the slogan is being flashed in the latest “street protests” the question is the same and, very likely, will remain unanswered. And regardless of what the “trending” “activist” hashtag is, the police will do their job which is to maintain law and order. Ordinary Filipinos, those who all but roll their eyes up to the sky whenever they see the usual faces and names populating these street circuses, will be happy to see the police do just that.
The police are not the enemy here. Terrorists and extremist elements are. And if not the police, who else will have the means to neutralise these criminal elements? Certainly not the snowflakes who regard their “fight” as one involving wearing a red shirt or brandishing a placard with a cliche written on it while dancing on the streets.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.