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Response to mokawanis (Reply #36)

Thu May 2, 2013, 06:28 PM

39. Asses kicked by whom?

The military? The US military these days is pretty distinctly right-leaning, politically (and its officer corps even more so).It's often drawn from families who have guns. Which do you think is more likely: that they're going to obey orders to fire on those insurrectionists...or join them? I suspect a bit of both...but I wouldn't underestimate the latter category.

The biggest ramification (militarily) of such a scenario is not necessarily that the insurrectionists would have soldiers on their side. Instead, it's that the complex weapons and communications systems that constitute a modern military's biggest advantage over "irregulars" would be rapidly subject to breakdowns. Those systems require considerable logistic support, and the fragmented military that would result from a genuine rebellion would quickly lose the ability to provide that logistical support.

The police are much more likely to follow orders (largely) en masse to fire on insurrectionists. Cops have an incredibly insular, "us vs them" culture, and we've already seen how slavishly they tend to follow the orders of the powers-that-be. But they're utterly inadequate to the task of quelling a widespread insurrection.

I hope (and would pray...except I'm an atheist) that this never comes to pass. It would be a nightmare...and the end of this society.

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