“… expect the peace to intensify.”

Magnificent op-ed in The Times by Gerard Baker.

ABC News beat the competition last weekend with this priceless piece of newspeak: “Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified,” read the a tweet from one of the country’s largest media organisations.

Whatever our differences, we can surely all agree that the phrase, “a peaceful demonstration intensified”, has a reassuringly gentle quality to it. It’s perhaps how the Luftwaffe might have described events during the Blitz: tens of thousands of Londoners were killed after Germany’s peaceful demonstrations against British resistance intensified.

He then says:

It’s fair to say that most of the people demonstrating on America’s streets this summer have a peaceful, lawful intent: to challenge police brutality, expose inequality; denounce a political order they see as inimical to the nation’s values. There have doubtless too been provocations at times by law enforcement officers that have triggered violent responses.

Actually no. I think we’re getting beyond that stage.

But there’s no doubt that a significant number of the protesters are politically motivated radicals with a revolutionary agenda, armed to the teeth and committed to violence.

That is more like it. It is troubling:

These are not examples of peaceful protests intensifying. These are disturbingly like early scenes from a civil war. You hear little about them because they don’t fit the media’s happy narrative of an unarmed, concerned citizenry resisting the violent efforts of the state to crush it.

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15 Responses to “… expect the peace to intensify.”

  1. Lee

    “War is peace.”
    – George Orwell

  2. Louis

    How many astro turf protest can we expect here come next Federal election?

    Like all the protests over various issues in Queensland in the 80s that stopped the minute Labor were elected.

  3. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    The braindead lamestream meeja and its cadre of screechy j’ismists have repeatedly attempted to downplay/ignore the mayhem caused by these idiotic destructive criminal protests in the US, invariably in the most ridiculous and contradictory manner – e.g. the CNN moron standing in front of a burning building claiming the demonstrators that set it ablaze were “largely peaceful”.

    Thank goodness there are no shortage of alternative news sources that are committed to accurately reporting on events on the ground as well as calling out such incessant shameless bullshit.

  4. RobK

    In the electricity market we have “gentailers” and “prosumers”. Anything can happen.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Violently peaceful is an oxymoron perpetrated by morons.

  6. Herodotus

    A peaceful demo became “intensely peaceful”?
    Oh, ok, whatever.
    Couldn’t happen here though, could it?
    (gets back to planning isolation and self-sufficiency)

  7. Lee

    These are the same dickhead protesters and vandals who claim that “silence is violence”!

  8. ABC actually got me into trouble once. I blog with a U.S. site based in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, (long story) and I’ve been the Editor there now for ten years. (WooHoo, big bloody deal) I started out there in early 2008, more than twelve years back now, and during the first couple of Months I referenced the ABC a few times. One comment came back and mentioned that he could not find the article on the ABC site, and asked for the link, which I then supplied. His further response was that he did not know that ABC had a subsidiary company in Australia.
    He was actually offended when I told him that ABC (Australia) was its own Company, and that it had no affiliation at all with ABC, (USA) and in fact that ABC Australia (1929) had been around a lot longer than ABC America (1943) He just thought I was an Australian trying to big note something from Australia, also trying to pursue if we had always been the ABC as the ABC right from the start, mentioning that we may have later used ABC to somehow cash in on the American ABC.
    Tony.

  9. H B Bear

    Throughout the Trump presidency the Democrats have pulled one stunt after another to deny his legitimacy. After three years of that, the current situation should come as no surprise.

  10. Scott Osmond

    Not Trump but if this sort of nonsense continues people will look for a strong man to restore order. It’s the historical model. People for the most part just want a peaceful life where they aren’t randomly attacked on the street or when going for a drive. The only question is will the strong man come from the left or the right or something new.

  11. Nob

    Gerard Baker is the only pro-Trump columnist at The Times.

    By pro-Trump, I mean, not particularly anti-Trump, willing to entertain the possibility of a Trump win this year etc.

    Drives his commenters nuts below the line.

  12. It’s quite simple really.
    If local (Democrat) officials wanted the mayhem to stop, they would just issue a curfew order.
    They don’t want this to stop. If they weren’t elected officials, they’d probably be right in amongst it, burning buildings.
    Let it all burn. The dick heads living in these shit-holes have been voting Democrat for decades.
    Burn baby burn. Destroy all of it. Destroy lefty livelihoods and lives.

  13. wozzup

    As George Orwell said (and this especially applies to the Democrats): ” Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
    Pure wind – yep, that’s Jerry Nadler.

    But, OK I see where this is going. Lets see how this “peaceful” epithet might have worked during 20th century history.
    Polish Border September 1939: Peaceful German forces peacefully entered Poland after a peaceful false flag incident engineered by peaceful Nazi forces. The peaceful march escalated when perfidious Polish troops fired upon this lawful and peaceful demonstration.
    London September 1940: Peaceful overflights by the Luftwaffe intensified last night when incendiary and explosive devices were dropped on the centre of London after being provoked by British forces deliberately firing on aircraft.
    German border 1941: German forces peacefully marched into the USSR yesterday in peaceful operation Barbarossa. The peaceful march intensified after being fired upon by Soviet forces.
    Nanking China 1937: Japanese forces peacefully conquered Nanking after a 6 week peaceful battle and subsequently intensified with the peaceful rape and murder 250,000 Chinese civilians.
    Budapest Hungary 1956: Peaceful soviet tanks peacefully entered Budapest and began peacefully murdering Hungarians for their non peaceful resistance.

    The Democrats are so blatant in their demagoguery it makes my eyes water. Hopefully the American electorate is smart enough to see this. (And care).

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