It's just over a week since I did my last look at the deteriorating situation in the civil war we're not engaged in. Certainly nothing has gotten better or offered more optimism. The violence level nationally has cranked up and not gone down in any way. Phil at BustedNuckles linked to a scary article at American Partisan about the situation on the ground in Portland. These are combat veterans with experience from "multiple tours in the late 2000s" and they describe a well-trained unconventional army that ran them off. It's worth your time to read, but here's the opening paragraph.
“Me and three of my buddies were in Portland this weekend, got attacked by Antifa. There’s a Twitter video with millions of views on it. They ended up on Hannity and Tucker Carlson, Ben Shapiro etc., of us getting beaten with bats and rocks the size of cantaloupes thrown at us, getting spit on etc. We were all carrying pistols as well. Opportunity, ability and jeopardy, we were in a deadly force situation and we could easily articulate the use of deadly force, but they had pepper sprayed us. They were using industrial strobe lights on us, etc. We couldn’t PID our target and what lied beyond it, They did a great job of taking our situational awareness away, it was fucking incredible.
Bro my perspective on this changed so much.
To me, these are mob tactics that will destroy an under-prepared group going against them. They've been fighting a guerilla war unopposed for 100 days and are now very confident in their guerilla tactics. It has always been assumed that the mobs will scatter after the first shots. If you've taken the common self defense training classes for concealed carrying, I'm sure you've heard this before: if you're surrounded, make the closest one bleed and the rest will probably decide they need to be somewhere else.
As Michael Bane says in his podcast this week, the Kyle Rittenhouse incident says that's just not true anymore. Kyle was attacked by three separate guys over a period of time; it wasn't three guys alongside each other that were all in one group; it was spread out in time and space. The second guy, the guy with the skateboard, knew there was gunfire and he knew Kyle had defended himself. Kyle is running away and is chased by this guy. The third guy, the guy with the gun in his right hand until Kyle blew off his biceps, was even farther along in time and he definitely knew that Kyle had already shot the other two guys in self defense. The fact he was using a rifle didn't slow down any of these guys at all.
That's just Kenosha. Last night, BLM and Antifa not only went into Rochester, New York, destroying restaurants and scaring off diners, they went into suburbs and climbed on people's roofs, probably to look for ways into their houses. They also attacked an apartment building.
Around the same time, the BLM mob was attacking in Denver, again attacking restaurants and the people dining there, as well as cars in traffic.
Two weeks ago, I was saying to mentally try to have a plan for being out dining and having BLM screaming in your face to raise your hand to show support or having lights shined in your windows in the middle of the night. That needs to be expanded. Assuming you don't need to train for actual combat, you need to expand that to include restaurants being set on fire while you're inside, and people climbing around on your roof. Think about lasers that can blind you shining into your house. Above all know your neighborhood and the nearest neighborhoods from which people could walk to your house. Again, there's that axiom that "no battle plan survives contact with the enemy" but it's also undeniable that having a plan and thinking about these things puts you ahead of 90% of the people.
The overall situation continues in its down spiral with the revolutionary forces getting bolder and taking bigger steps. People talk as if they expect fighting to remain sporadic until the election, and then it starts off no matter who wins. I could see wider scale fighting as potentially starting any moment.
A group of BLM rioters on the roof of a Rochester home. From The Gateway Pundit.
I know we have a cadre of trained operators who could put a world of hurt on the BLM/Antifa organizations, without involving the regular US Army. I also know that in the last hundred years, regular armies have fared poorly against insurgencies like this; regular armies are built to fight regular armies, not guerilla armies on their home turf. I would hope that the Fed.gov has infiltrated these groups and is gathering the intelligence needed to take them down. At least, I hope they have the sense to be doing that.