Sacramento making extortion payments?
The city of Sacramento, California, voted unanimously to pay local gang members $1.5 million not to kill people. They’re paying bullies not to be bullies. Didn’t the U.S. try something similar with Iran and North Korea? How did that work out?
The city council approved the program, dubbed "Advance Peace," Tuesday of last week. It was originally slated for a vote two weeks later, but a gang-related shooting the Sunday before, resulting in four injuries and one death, prompted a rushed approval.
"Five people were shot in Meadowview on Sunday," Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said when he called for the early vote, Fox40 reported.
"Let's get going on doing everything we can to save innocent lives," he added.
Stripped to its essentials, Advance Peace offers targeted gang members cash rewards for graduating from school and staying out of trouble — or at least not getting caught when they get into trouble.
Ernie Cadena was the person who didn’t survive the shooting, and even some of his friends questioned the wisdom of the program.
"He was a good guy, trust me on that," Allen Brown said of his friend Cadena.
"[But] how's the vote going to change anything?” he added. “It's up to the community to change. You know what I mean? It's just senseless."
We do the same with Iran, North Korea
History has that appeasement doesn’t work. It didn’t work toward Nazi Germany and it doesn’t work now.
When then-British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain affixed his signature to the Munich Pact nearly 80 years ago in response to Hitler’s saber rattling, he claimed that he had achieved "peace in our time."
Instead he sealed the fate of Czechoslovakia and made a second world war even more inevitable.
Our appeasement toward other bully nations indicates we learned nothing from Chamberlain.
Five years ago, Hoover Institution fellow Bruce Thornton wrote, "Iran has held our citizens hostage, and received ransom to let them go; sheltered, trained, and supported terrorists who have murdered our troops and citizens for over 30 years; and continually worked against our interests and security and those of our allies, all without any significant punishment." Thornton added, "Instead, Iran has been solicited with diplomatic 'outreach,' material bribes, and invitations to join the 'international community' it patently despises."
Nothing has changed in the years since then — if anything, both our appeasement and Iran’s provocations have escalated.
Our policy toward North Korea has been much the same, "Appease, embolden. repeat," wrote Elan Journo, according to Carl Svanberg last month of the Ayn Rand Institute.
Kim Jong Un, its current brutal leader, reportedly had his uncle executed, his half-brother boldly assassinated at an airport and a former lover killed by a firing squad.
Most recently, it released an American student in an apparent beating-induced coma that ended in his death, fired a ballistic missile over our ally Japan and conducted the test of what it claimed to be a hydrogen nuclear device.
Tufts University professor Sung-Yoon Lee. wrote, "Except for the invasion of the South in 1950, North Korea has never suffered a lasting or devastating penalty for its many attacks and provocations. On the contrary, it has often been rewarded for false pledges" with "food, fuel and cash from North Korea’s risk-averse adversaries."
Appeasement didn’t work 80 years ago with Nazi Germany. It's not working today with Iran and North Korea. And it won’t work on a smaller scale with Sacramento.
Pleading doesn’t work when dealing with bullies. A show of force coupled with a willingness to use it does.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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