March 02, 2009

COIN equality - policing middle England

Who says counter insurgency is only applied in places like Afghanistan and Iraq? According to several newspaper reports over the last couple of weeks, British police are working their socks off to prevent an explosion of anger at home. "Yeah, yeah. Heard it all before," you might think. "Bloody British Muslims/ethnic minorities/hoodies and chavs - same c**p different day." Well, actually, not this time. Several newspapers have reported over the past couple of weeks that British police are preparing for a middle class uprising.

That's right everyone, you thought the threat to Britain's peace and security looked like this:

When in fact, it looks more like this:

It's gonna get ugly:

"Superintendent David Hartshorn, who heads the Metropolitan police's public order branch, told the Guardian that middle-class individuals who would never have considered joining demonstrations may now seek to vent their anger through protests this year.

"He said that banks, particularly those that still pay large bonuses despite receiving billions in taxpayer money, had become "viable targets". So too had the headquarters of multinational companies and other financial institutions in the City which are being blamed for the financial crisis."

Any COIN-related suggestions? Deradicalisation strategies?