The people have to want peace in order for the police to provide it. Kevin Williamson writes at National Review:
The first order of police work is, according to [Sir Robert] Peel, “to prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.” The second principle is “to recognize always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions, and behavior, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.” He called this “policing by consent.” The policeman, in Peel’s view, was a citizen: “The police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”
Police, no matter how well-armed, aren’t going to save Ferguson. Only the people can restore civic order. We saw how that failed in Iraq, how Potempkin democracy yielded to Muslim thugocracy (aka the caliphate).
Some people gasp at the comparison. They say:
“When I was watching the film footage coming out of Ferguson, it looked like it was in Baghdad or some other war-torn zone. Ferguson is a part of the United States of America. It’s not China. It’s not Russia. It’s not the Congo. It’s America.” –Rep. John Lewis
If so, then God save the republic, because it is rotten. Look at downtown Ferguson and tell me it’s not Iraq in the worst days of the insurgency. There’s no civil order to protect. The police are wasting their time. They should retreat and let it burn.
“Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more of it there must be without.” –Edmund Burke