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Between a rock and a hard place

Toronto Sun

1 July 2010

Did Toronto Police do the right thing in not confronting the rioters on
Saturday when they were damaging property?  I don’t think there is a
definitive, black & white answer.  Sure police could have charged
into the crowd and arrested the terrorist idiots, but that is not
always the best thing to do when dealing with a volatile crowd.  The
even the innocent bystanders in the crowd could have very easily turned
on the police, causing them to use increasing levels of force.  Does
anybody remember Oka?  Ipperwash?  What would all the arm-chair
quarterbacks be saying if anyone was injured or killed?  You could say
the police lost the battle, but won the war.

Seeing as only property was damaged, rather than people being injured
or killed, perhaps police did the sensible thing; maybe not the best
thing, but the sensible thing.  By the way my fellow Ontarians, the
same day these terrorist idiots were running loose on Yonge Street, two
Canadian Forces members were making their final journey down the
Highway of Heroes after doing their duty for their country in
Afghanistan.  I think we all need to figure out what is more important
in this world.

About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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