I woke up this morning to news of the killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge. I can't make much sense of it. In the last month or so the world has seen killings of police officers with the Baton Rouge and Dallas Police Departments and France's Police Nationale. We've already seen a trend to violent attacks on firefighters and paramedics (Flashing Lights and Muzzle Blasts https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/flashing-lights-muzzle-blasts-stephen-tuck). These attacks on police make even less sense.
The police were apparently killed simply because they were police - not to further a robbery, not to escape custody or for any half-rational reason. They were simply part of a 'system' that someone decided needed to be smashed up, even absent any clear plan for something to put in its place.
I try and take the long view, the historical view, with most things. A person trying to change the world with violence is nothing new. But wanting to replace order with chaos just for the sake of replacing it? And doing so by declaring war on one of the institutions that protects life and property?
I don't understand that at all.