How do you tell whether a country is First World / Developed or Third World / Developing?
One way is by looking at the relationship between citizen protestors and the government controlled forces.
In a Third World country, no matter how peaceful and orderly the protestors may be, the government can respond with sudden and shocking violence. The government brutally abuses the citizenry.
A few cases in point:
Whereas is a First World country, no matter how violent and unruly the protestors may be, the government must respond with restraint and even self-sacrificial, self-defeating concessions. The citizenry brutally abuses the government.
A few cases in point:
Paris riots year after year (by Michelle Malkin)
2007: Flambée de violence: “Youths” now shooting at police; “This is war. There is no mercy. We want at least two policemen dead.”
2007: Is Paris burning again?
2006: Muslim mayhem in Marseille
2005: FRANCE: STILL BURNING
Western Amsterdam riots: After a youth is shot while attacking policewomen with a knife, civilians start rioting, burning dozens of cars including right in front of the police station. And the police do… NOTHING.
Gateway Pundit: Rioting Continues in Western Amsterdam
Klein Verzet: Suicide Attack in Amsterdam (long running updated commetary onunfolding events)
Olympia ‘anti-war’ protests
Sedition in Olympia: Anti-war mom drops baby human shield as anarchist kiddie shields watch
Seditious outrage in Olympia: Protesters block trucks, pour concrete on train tracks to stop military shipments
(Then again… Lolz!)
Yeesh! The more I read, the more it feels like Iraq is the safest, most orderly place to be!
This post is as much an indictment of the culture of violence in First World citizens as it is a criticism of Third World governments. Neither is an acceptable form of discourse in my book.
As judged by the who-uses-violence criteria, Malaysia is still firmly Third World mentality although surrounded by (occasional and rather concentrated only in a few places) First World standard infrastructure.
But despite my disgust at the despotic use of violence and the threat of violence against the citizenry by the government, I hope that Malaysia never develops into a First World nation where the citizens can run amok and cause even worse destruction.
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