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“A SAD COMMENTARY ON MULTIPLE LEVELS …”

Rioting and looting continued over the weekend in Ferguson, Missouri – the predominantly black suburb of St. Louis engulfed by violence in the wake of last week’s shooting of an unarmed black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown.

According to witnesses, Brown was shot by police officer Darren Wilson while holding his arms up to indicate he was not carrying a weapon.

Police have countered that narrative, saying Brown – who it turns out was a suspect in a convenience store robbery – engaged in a scuffle with Wilson prior to the fatal shooting. ┬áIn fact on Friday – against the wishes of the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) – Ferguson police released a video of Brown allegedly stealing a $48.99 box of cigars just prior to his death.

That revelation further incensed the Ferguson mob – which has been rioting and looting for the better part of a week in response to the shooting.

The third world drama unfolding in Middle America has been a sad commentary on multiple levels: The tragic loss of life, people rushing to judgment, the senseless destruction of property and the liberty-depriving overreaction by militarized local law enforcement.

We’re reserving judgment on the incident itself until all the facts are known, but there’s virtually no part of the aftermath in which America has distinguished itself …

Seriously … who needs the Middle East when you’ve got Middle America?