“While no one condones looting, on the other hand, one can understand the pent-up feelings that may result from decades of repression and people who have had members of their family killed by that regime, for them to be taking their feelings out on that regime,” he said. “And I don’t think there’s anyone in any of those pictures … (who wouldn’t) accept it as part of the price of getting from a repressed regime to freedom.”
Rumsfeld said in the United States there has been looting and riots and they eventually come under control.
“Think what’s happened in our cities when we’ve had riots and problems and looting. Stuff happens!”
Donald Rumsfeld was in 2003 kraakhelder over plunderingen in Irak na de ontmanteling van Saddam’s Baath-regime: dat soort uitwassen zijn nu eenmaal onvermijdelijk wanneer een repressieve overheid afgeschud wordt. Zou hij ook zo over de rassenrellen in Ferguson en nu Baltimore denken?
h/t Deray McKesson