Jews are asking if we’re back in the 1920s. To me, the scene outside a Charlottesville synagogue is more like Odessa in 1905.
Across from the synagogue stood three white supremacists with semi-automatic weapons. During the Friday night torchlight parade that passed the synagogue, the alt-right marchers, hands in the salute formation, hurled slogans reminiscent of the Nazi era.
The armed men in fatigues looked as if they were ready to carry out the threats.
The police were called. They did not show. Did the city council want blood spilled to advance an agenda?
We are told by one distraught police officer that the police were told to let the two groups of demonstrators have contact with each other and then stand down—a scenario designed for chaos and crafted outrage.
Although this is from an anonymous source, video footage of the event posted by the Virginia ACLU shows just that. The Virginia ACLU repeated on Twitter that the police were told to stand down.
Inside the synagogue, the rabbi and the congregation were helpless. I imagine that, like most synagogues, it prides itself on being a gun-free zone, or in the lexicon of gun advocates, an easy target.
If someone wants to kill you, hanging a sign isn’t the deterrent you might think it is. If the neo-Nazis, KKK members and white supremacists entered the synagogue, they could have slaughtered all the worshippers before the first police car could arrive at the scene.
The congregants left through the back door, and were told to walk in groups instead of dispersing. In fact, a group only provides more targets in close proximity. The congregants have a lot to learn.