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Do you think the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd protests could give rise to terrorism?

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The question was spurred by an opinion column I read this morning

How the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd protests could give rise to terrorism

Armed conflicts fuel plagues: Until very recently in history,*disease killed more*people in wars than battle. But plagues can also fuel conflict, and*COVID-19*may be no exception. The conditions facing the United States today are reminiscent of those that gave rise to the radicalism of the 1970s and could once again lead to political violence, including terrorism.

It’s not that the pandemic gives extremists or terrorists new capabilities or points them to a path they hadn’t thought of before. Instead, the pandemic creates a psychologically upsetting environment that encourages fanatics to do crazy and possibly violent things, and those actions will have greater impact on an already frightened public.
The pandemic has put the U.S. into a recession, and it’s likely to worsen.
[. . .]
Today, the pandemic could spur apocalyptic and nihilistic thinking. Deprived of their daily routines and personal relationships, people are disoriented, disillusioned and isolated — creating a receptive audience for fringe ideas. . . . Those already at the extremist edge see opportunities in the pandemic.
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Adding to the radicalizing ferment of this pandemic are the widespread anguish and anger over systemic racism and police brutality unleashed by the*killing of George Floyd.
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But it’s not just extremist groups. The pandemic and the mass protests have spawned public defiance of political authority. Health officials have been*physically threatened. Armed protesters have*stormed state legislatures*to protest shutdowns. Businesses have been*destroyed.Protesters have been*attacked. Police have been injured in riots and*killed in ambushes.*Barricades*have gone up on both sides. This is a dark place where, historically, political fanaticism and violence thrive.

The opinion writer is not completely negative and he does express hope that Americans will come together in these tumultuous times.
There are no vaccines for viral venom or collective madness. Deliverance, it seems, must come from our own common sense and sense of community. Sadly, like personal protective equipment, these often seem to be in short supply.

From another thread, the words of one of those who can only accept a rather limited vision of the future, a belief that only total compliance with their views can save America - no debate - Their way or the highway.
you know it sure does seem like some of these leftists are going to go off the deep end if it turns out we are correct about a lot of these things... that is something they are just not mentally prepared for. NOTHING outweighs their belief that the deplorables MUST be wrong, not a moral argument and not a hypocritical argument.
 

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We'll know more on November 4th...

And if Trump loses we'll really get an idea about domestic terrorism from Nov. 4th to Jan. 20th..

He will be calling out his base to do everything they can to whip up trouble. And as we know the far right is very violent, the FBI says they are more of a danger then foreign terrorists....

It's a cult run by a crazy person.. Anything is possible.
 

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The terrorists are ALEC, Trump, the big banks, medical insurance industry, Mitt Romney leveraged buyouts = sending USA jobs off shore, the GOP in general and Fox News
 

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The so called George Floyd riots have already given rise to terrorism.
 

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The terrorists are ALEC, Trump, the big banks, medical insurance industry, Mitt Romney leveraged buyouts = sending USA jobs off shore, the GOP in general and Fox News

Biggest threats that are also inside the country!
 

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We'll know more on November 4th...

And if Trump loses we'll really get an idea about domestic terrorism from Nov. 4th to Jan. 20th..

He will be calling out his base to do everything they can to whip up trouble. And as we know the far right is very violent, the FBI says they are more of a danger then foreign terrorists....

It's a cult run by a crazy person.. Anything is possible.

If he wins, we'll definitely see the Left try to destroy the country. They're already getting warmed up.
 

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If he wins, we'll definitely see the Left try to destroy the country. They're already getting warmed up.

But you curiously have nothing to say about Trump actively destroying democracy!
 

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But you curiously have nothing to say about Trump actively destroying democracy!

If he was doing so, I would have plenty to say. However, the communist insurgents are the ones attempting to destroy our democrstic process. They'll be attacking polling places on election day.
 

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The terrorists are ALEC, Trump, the big banks, medical insurance industry, Mitt Romney leveraged buyouts = sending USA jobs off shore, the GOP in general and Fox News

What is destroying the USA with the help of the above:


Secretive Corporate-Legislative Body Writing Our Laws*
The United States of ALEC: Bill Moyers on the Secretive Corporate-Legislative Body Writing Our Laws | Democracy Now!

The very Anti American right wing GOP has declared:

--- War On Good Wages aka Right To Work Legislation*

--- War against AFFORDABLE Medical Insurance and Single Payer

--- War On Medicare

--- War On Medicaid*

--- War on public education and Higher Education
--- War On Social Security Insurance*

--- War on the economy through Supply Side Wreckanomics*

--- War against women

--- War on the VA and Veterans Benefits*

--- War on Voters Rights = VOTER SUPPRESSION*

--- War on strict assault weapons regulations

--- War On National Monuments/Parks*

--- War on the press*

--- War on the USA Postal Service*

--- War On Environmental Cleanliness

--- War On USA Jobs through Free Trade Agreements and Leveraged Buyout Scams
--- War for Oil Control Worldwide
--- War on truth about global warming/climate change

Climate | Union of Concerned Scientists
 

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The so called George Floyd riots have already given rise to terrorism.



RW terrorism that was already on the rise. That's a fact. More people and LEO are killed by the RW than any other faction. Facts are stubborn things.
 

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If he wins, we'll definitely see the Left try to destroy the country. They're already getting warmed up.

Nah, that's you just parroting years and years of brainwashing by Fox.

Trump is the one who retweeted a video saying the 'only good Democrat is a dead Democrat'..

If he loses the far right terrorists will get violent.. They will goose step in line with whatever their Fuhrer says.
 

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If he was doing so, I would have plenty to say. However, the communist insurgents are the ones attempting to destroy our democrstic process. They'll be attacking polling places on election day.

Whereas Trump and friends are attacking the polls before election day?
 

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RW terrorism that was already on the rise. That's a fact. More people and LEO are killed by the RW than any other faction. Facts are stubborn things.

It isn't Right wingers burning Seattle, Portland, Chicago and New York City.

You can't lie your way out of this one.
 

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Nah, that's you just parroting years and years of brainwashing by Fox.

Trump is the one who retweeted a video saying the 'only good Democrat is a dead Democrat'..

If he loses the far right terrorists will get violent.. They will goose step in line with whatever their Fuhrer says.

No, that's a fact. None of your lies will change it, either.
 

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We'll know more on November 4th...

And if Trump loses we'll really get an idea about domestic terrorism from Nov. 4th to Jan. 20th..

He will be calling out his base to do everything they can to whip up trouble. And as we know the far right is very violent, the FBI says they are more of a danger then foreign terrorists....

It's a cult run by a crazy person.. Anything is possible.

:doh:roll:
 

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No, that's a fact. None of your lies will change it, either.

Nope.. FBI flat out says RW terrorism is a bigger threat, bigger even than foreign terrorist groups.

But you believing that is dependent on the day, is today a day you Trumpsters believe the FBI? Or not? It's confusing.. Check with Trump and Fox and get back to us..
 

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If he was doing so, I would have plenty to say. However, the communist insurgents are the ones attempting to destroy our democrstic process. They'll be attacking polling places on election day.

And you have inside information on this? Will they be wearing brown shirts?
 

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1. I am 83.

2. I hope that both the right and left will defer a civil war for a little while longer.

3. It would be so cruel to us senior citizens to have to survive during a civil war.

4. This COVID-19 lockdown has devastated us old-timers enough.

5. What's going on now scares me. I think back to the people living in 1920s Germany and their total ignorance of what would happen to their country in the 1930s.

6. It appears that the United States is NOT an exceptional nation after all!
 
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