Thanks, guys. You are just what Cleveland needs: another bad headline: “FBI arrests 5 accused of plotting to blow up Ohio 82 bridge in Cuyahoga valley.” Another in a long string of too-public humiliations: the Cuyahoga River catches on fire, the mayor catches on fire, the Drive, LeBron’s Big Kiss Off. And you wanted to be anarchist terrorists?
Maybe you didn’t hear, but anarchist terrorism is passe. Granted, four of you have bad hair and one of you has a full beard. But it takes more than a hirsute appearance to make one a terrorist. It takes brains.
As a colleague just commented in an email, “Don’t these guys watch TV? Any time you outsource a crime–murder, bomb making, etc.–the other guy is ALWAYS a cop.” I’m guessing that these guys watch too much TV, just not the right shows.
Look, don’t get me wrong. I’m glad they failed. We’re always glad when these guys fail. But their stupidity gives even the local non-Fox affiliate the ability to write headlines like, “FBI says Occupy Cleveland not under investigation” because Brian (top and center) got arrested at a foreclosure protest sponsored Occupy Cleveland. I’m just imagining what the Fox network will make of this.
The Occupy Movement got us talking as a nation about the 99%. Now the nation may be talking about how Five Rebels in Search of a Cause, the Cleveland Five (hereinafter CLE5), cast a movement that captured the attention of many Americans into disrepute. Yes, the Occupy Movement wanted to draw attention to the abuses of Wall Street, Big Banks, and government. But now they’ll be portrayed in a more negative light because of what these five did on their own, of their own free will. That’s not the way to draw attention to the bad guys, boys. It’s a good way to bring down the cause you might have had some sympathy for, or at least cause it significant damage.
So, once again, thanks. You’ve given the world another reason for people to scratch their heads in wonder and amazement when the word “Cleveland” is uttered.