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LOOTERS SHOULD BE SHOT
Oct. 22, 2005
In one captivating scene of Stephen Spielberg’s “War Of The Worlds”, a
frenzied mob besieges a minivan until the character played by Tom Cruise
relinquishes control of it with the drama heightened by a few brief moments
of whether or not his preadolescent daughter was going to be part of the
spoils. As someone that projects certain cultural and social trends into
the future, the scenario reminded me of what would likely happen should an
incident of overwhelming destruction ever occur within the United States.
Those with limited imaginations will brush it all aside and say such anarchy
could never happen here. And under optimal circumstances, I would never
have proof one way or the other as to the veracity of my sociological
postulations regarding these matters. Unfortunately in the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina, it seems I didn’t have to wait too long for a far off
tragedy to receive confirmation.
Before the flood waters even had the opportunity to recede from this
contemporary Atlantis, a wave of human scum far more deliberately malevolent
than anything found in the forces of nature washed over the sunken city.
For while most of the residents of the Gulf Coast were no doubt awed and
humbled by the circumstances into which they were thrust, others less noble
in bearing decided to exhibit behaviors proving they were barely worthy of
membership among the ranks of civilized men by instead of aiding their
neighbors in a time of overwhelming need deciding to prey upon them like
Somehow thinking the laws of God and man no longer applied to them, these
human rats descended on the remaining retail establishments of the city to
conduct acts of unauthorized commerce outside the bounds of legal propriety.
In other words for those with the same diminished reasoning capacities as
those engaged in this pillage, old fashioned looting.
Those given over to the sunshine and moonbeam view of reality will whine but
these people were only trying to provide for their families. Think so, do
Well, according to an Associated Press account titled, “Looting Begins In
New Orleans”, these vandals had excess clothing and jewelry among their
booty. Other reports claimed looters made off with televisions.
Now there is no kind of sob story that could possibly justify stealing a
television in such a time of crisis. Much of that area won’t even have
electricity for much of the foreseeable future.
As much as these criminals enrage law-abiding citizens, even more irritating
are those justifying these social pathologies or that this human debris
should not be dealt with with the strictest of responses.
In response to initial reports of looting, WMAL personality Chris Core
suggested correctly that law enforcement in either the form of the police or
national guard should shoot those refusing to desist in their acts of
outright pillage. From the limp-wristed responses from a number of callers,
it is safe to assume that these naive saps would have rather seen this radio
personality tossed into the slammer rather than these darling looters.
Those wanting to go easy on the looters claimed that the items pillaged were
only material items and not of equal value to a human life. But frankly,
these things, especially beyond a days worth or so of food, are not for
these people to take. Would those making such grandiose proclamations about
the brotherhood of man feel so magnanimous if it happened to be their
possession and heirlooms being rifled through; would Celine Dyon get so
worked up insisting these people get to touch these things if the things to
be touched were her’s?
Early on before all hell broke lose, Governor Blanco insisted that law
enforcement personnel could not be diverted from rescue operations to
protect what she dismissed as mere property. One wonders if she would have
started off with the same anthropocentric sentiments if the pillagers had
laid siege to the state house or governor’s mansion.
Those advocating an each according to his ability, each according to his
need approach to disaster survival fail to realize that this failure to
respect property is the first step down the path to devaluing someone else’s
life all together. For just a short time after hearing about the looting of
stores and such, reports started rolling in about shots being taken at
rescue copters and rapists indulging their basest desires. Such acts
certainly have a lot to do with survival, don’t they?
I guess these humanitarians wouldn’t want these scumbags shot either. Bet
the wives of these spineless cowards feel safe and protected, but I guess
women that wed such girlie men pretty much get what they deserve.
Copyright 2005 by Frederick Meekins
Frederick B. Meekins - Washington, DC - Frederick Meekins is an Internet columnist. He holds a BS from the University of Maryland in Political Science/History and a MA in Apologetics & Christian Philosophy from Trinity Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Practical Theology through the Master's Graduate School Of Divinity in Evansville, Indiana.
In the future, Frederick plans to continue publishing his commentaries and hopefully compile them into a self-published book. Frederick's research interests include Worldview Applicaiton, Christian Apologetics, The Implications of Aberrant Theologies & Ideologies, Futurology, Eschatology, Science Fiction, Terrorism Studies, Environmentalism, Education Policy and America's Judeo-Christian Foundations.
Frederick is also an ordained Non-Denominational Minister and listed in "Who's Who In America".
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