I see a lot of posts on conservative sites belittling Antifa and other groups from “the other side” and the threat they pose in a straight up fight. In the minds of many on the right, the forces they will be facings are “snowflakes” armed with cheap Mosin-Nagant or SKS rifles and no training other than playing Call of Duty.
Most of the time I do take the threat these folks pose as serious but sometimes, to be honest, I am guilty of this type of thinking as well. A former coworker who called for arming up and going to war against capitalists and “the establishment” if Bernie loses to Biden in the primaries. I thought to myself, yeah sure, your boys probably don’t know which end of the rifle is which and I train and practice regularly, etc. and blah, blah…
There are a number of reasons to take this threat more seriously than most folks seem to.
First, it is highly unlikely the two side of the current civil war will face each other in neat lines across empty fields each wearing uniforms a banners to identify which side they are fighting for. This will not be like the Civil War battles in the east. This will be a whole lot more like the battles in the west (what in now central) in places like Missouri, Kansas and Texas. No, neat battles against opposing forces. It will be a guerilla war where your local barista or waiter and their buddies rampage against their “enemy” in general lie we see with the riots and looting of the past few weeks. It will be firebombings and violence in the night against those targeted for holding different beliefs or police (as we are also seeing right now).
A member of a well regulated and trained right wing militia may be a formidable force when operating with his team but how will he fare when he awakens in the middle of the night as gunshots rip into his home while molotov cocktails rain down? By the time he can gear up and his team arrives he will either be dead or the threat will have moved on to another target. As we have seen not only during the Civil War and in the Middle East as well as other parts of the world this will most likely be a civil war of terrorist acts and mayhem.
Second, not all the armed leftists will be weak willed “snowflakes.” As we have seen in the recent unrest “gang bangers,” members of local and national gangs, are likely to join is as well. While few of them are trained soldiers, they have lifetimes of experience with violence. Most already know what it feels like to be shot at. Many know what it feels like to be shot. They have no compunction about committing heinous acts of violence. Rape, torture, murder and intimidation are a way of life for these folks. They are truly monsters in human form. A Civil War will see them run amok as the rule of law breaks down. They will join with any side that allows them to profit from or commit violence and spread chaos.
Additionally, there are obviously some of the the armed leftists that are pretty well equipped. Look at the photo below of some of the separatists who have taken over a portion of downtown Seattle, the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ).
These guys have what appear to be decent ARs as well as sidearms. They have the gear to carry their equipment properly. At least one of them has ear and eye protection ready to be used. Both are carrying coms, that appear to be the same Baofeng radios many “right wing militias” and preppers favor. Heck, one of them is even wearing a “boogaloo Hawaiian shirt.” Other than some of the brand and slogan choices such as the FTP (F the police) and these guys could be easily mistaken for members of “right wing militia”or “white supremacists.”
We have no way of know if these two guys know how to use this gear or not. The fact that the sights on the one guy’s AR appear to be flipped down indicates that may not but they very well could.
Not everyone with military training is on one particular side of the Civil War fence. The man who ambushed and murdered several police officers in California was an active duty member of the US Air Force, for example.
The current Civil War is very serious business. It will be bloody and brutal. It will not result in a quick and easy victory for either side and those who underestimate their enemy, or don’t understand what the battlefield will look like will pay an extremely high price.
The people who will pay the highest price, though, are the people who don’t actively support one side or the other. The highest price will be paid by people like Korboi Balla who lost his entire life savings when his business was burned to the ground by looters, like former police officer David Dorn in Minneapolis, murdered for trying to prevent his friend’s business from being looted, like Deputy Sheriff Damon Gutzwiller and Federal Officer Patrick Underwood who were ambushed and murdered just because they were police officers.
Monsters will be chummed to the surface from both sides and true racists with hate in their hearts will feel emboldened (or threatened) into taking equally horrible actions of their own. Would those monsters who killed innocent worshipers in the church in Charleston or the Synagogue in Pittsburgh have been emboldened to commit those atrocities in less divisive or violent times?
There will be no clean, neat end to this thing unless we can find a way to split the nation and separate ourselves by borders (remotely possible) or we can find a way to bridge our gaps and come together in peace (probably not possible without God’s intervention).
The best we can do is pray for just that, God’s healing hand.
Take care and God bless,