Eventually “swatting” will lead to a firefight. Is that a war?
It will be the moment one further condition is met.
On April 19, 1775 British troops marched through Lexington Common, in passing killing 8 and wounding 10 members of Lexington’s “Trained Band” militia and scattering the rest. That was not yet war. Later that day, at Concord’s North Bridge, 400 militia attacked 70 British Regulars between them and the town; which they believed other British troops were burning. The Regulars broke and ran, but that was not yet war, but people defending their very homes. Self-defense is not war.
The British force retreated back up the road they had arrived on. About 1/4 of the distance back to Lexington, at a place called Merriam’s Corner, it became a war. At that point, the militias of the surrounding villages arrived at about noon. And the fight was on. It was not a matter of defending homes and immediate families. It was a matter of defending their own people from what was viewed as an outside aggressor. An attack on one, was an attack on all.
Technically, legally, they were all subjects of His Britannic Majesty, George III Rex. And those Redcoats were his Army, and therefore in theory their Army. But in the minds of the men, women, and children of Lexington and Concord; in the minds of the men, women, and children of the villages of Menotomy, Waltham, Lincoln, Watertown, Medford, Maiden, and Winnissimmet, these were enemies as much as the Indian tribes of the frontier or the Armies of the French. And that feeling spread as fast as the news of the battles.
We were then two peoples, two nations. There was OUR army of militia, and there was the enemy Army of the Crown.
There will be “SWAT-tings”, there will be raids. There will be attempts to confiscate arms, ammunition, currency, precious metals, hoarded food, seditious materials, or things we have not yet thought of that displease “Teh Won”. There will be attempts to silence those who speak thoughts that are not favored by the Regime. There will, I am sure, be attacks on religious faiths not favored by the powers that be. And they will succeed, for the most part, for a time.
The tipping point will come some day when the Security Organs of the State come for someone who the neighbors do not believe to be guilty of a crime under the common law; but rather a crime against the State.
And it will turn on what his next door neighbor does. What the people down the block do. What the people 3 blocks down, and across town do.
No individual house and family can hold out against the forces of the State surrounding them. No forces of the State can survive against a force of the people surrounding them.
And THEN it will be a war.
“And what will be the outcome? Only the Great Blue Sky Tengri Nor knows.”