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Marco/L.A. gangs vs. arab gangs

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Submitted by P.O.D. (Kuwait), Dec 14, 2005 at 05:24

Read Tim Priest's article in it's entirety, excellent analysis over a 20 year period. Amazing report, too. I beg to differ on the clear cut resemblance to the gangs of Los Angeles, they seem to be a tad more respectful. Though, as you can see, not taking serious action years ago, is what led California into this almost accepted sub culture. Specialized gang units are pretty well trained to deal with them, which keeps fuses from blowing.

Crime is crime, but the total disregard for authority, the raping of the women, the arrests of one causing 40 to show up. Women screaming at you, spitting at you for searching their homes, half the police force to arrest 3 people? If I had to vote on round 12, I'd say your gangs win with the sheer power of interdependence which they are raised with.

Gangs in Los Angeles acquire this mentality searching for a sense of belonging, or for protection. Arab countries raise children to be interdependent, there is no emphasis made on independent thought, or free choice. The example of the young boy taken to jail is a perfect example. His tribe, family, and or peers are not with him, reducing him to tears! That is the key. They are incapable of committing a crime alone, or "accepting" the consequences alone.

Gang members in Los Angeles would remain tough, due to the fact they have a name of their own. A reputation of their OWN. This applies much more so with Latino gangs who have been around for generations, each one earning his or her individual reputation. Middle Eastern reputations are always based on the group as a whole. Seperate them, they simply have no identification skills with which to follow through on threats.

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