Recently, I learned what happened when Antifa, seeking to cause havoc, came to an Italian neighborhood in South Philly.
When confronted by an organized and motivated opposition, they decided that discretion was the better part of valor and retired from the field of battle.
How unexpected. When their cowardice was exposed, they took their ball and went home — or, perhaps, to another area where they knew they would not face resistance to their riotous depredations.
The Italian neighborhood, which is residential but has many small businesses, did not suffer the riots, looting, arson, and violence that have been prevalent in cities and towns across America. When Antifa came for it, the Italians, armed with pistols, rifles, axes, and baseball bats, merged onto the main thoroughfare, blocking it and other tertiary streets. Faced with armed resistance, Antifa’s forces were compelled to accept who and what they are, a band of spoiled white college kids who like to break things, play dress-up, and pretend they are a force to be reckoned with.
Threatening to “cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war,” they turned and fast-walked away in different directions. They most likely decided that it would no longer be fun if they were required to pay a price in blood for their pernicious urgings.
As with all bullies, Antifa folded, choosing to seek areas where no one would fight back.
They never returned.
When they are destroying property with no repercussions, they are big and bold, empowered by “woke muscles.” Yet when they meet people who are willing to fight to protect family, property, and livelihoods, they are nothing more than cowardly brats pretending to be bigger and badder than they are.
Truthfully, Antifa are not a fighting force; they are not even a gang. They are still what they have always been: a bunch of cowards who will melt away should they meet organized resistance — especially resistance from well armed locals with skin in the game.
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