Apologies to Burns, Oregon, but you really are a long way past the last trolley stop.
My prediction: the Feds will wait. May take a long while. Uncle Sam can have the event catered. The guys occupying the wildlife refuge building can't. Don't think for a minute the Feds didn't learn a little from Ruby Ridge and Waco, at least about what "bad PR" means. I'm darned sure they learned from the Indianapolis Baptist Temple standoff -- in which they simply stood off as long as it took.
This situation -- look it up, you can find the long, sad history on the Web -- is a classic example of frog boiling. By the time the frog jumps, it's too late.
Much to be learned here. Nothing to be won. And that's sad.
Note for future reference: make noise about bad situations sooner.* Make it where's there's good cellphone service and a big airport isn't far away. You can't whup 'em in a straight-up fight -- but play it right and you've got a chance to do so on The Internet and TV screens. These guys? Not a chance. And that's a pity.
* It's nearly always too early or too late. Timing is critical -- too soon and you're a paranoid nut. Too late and, surprise, you're still a paranoid nut -- and the injustice you have suffered is the new normal.
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