What started as a motley collection of geniuses stealing televisions and other utterly unusable electronics has turned into something unbelievably nasty.
Shooting at rescue workers, hospitals, helicopters, and anything else that enables those left in the area to survive and evacuate.
So much for the grey area. This isn’t people putting their own survival ahead of abstract property rights, or even putting their own survival ahead of the survival of others. This is people dooming others to a nasty, lingering death as their apparent main purpose; their own survival is often irrelevant.
This is very much like the “insurgency” that has plagued Iraq for the last couple of years, although radical Islam or misguided nationalism probably doesn’t have much to do with it in this case. So what does?
Perhaps these are the same predators that spent decades degrading the city to the state it was in before the hurricane.
Whatever their motivation, the authorities now face two additional challenges. Getting their victims out of the area under fire, and making sure that the predators are not rescued and released. Freeing the predators from the city would allow them to infest and terrorize other communities, and even frighten away those in other states who might otherwise take in honest refugees.
It’s looking like a flat-out military operation is called for, and on a much shorter timescale than the one underway in Iraq.