Patience paid off for the FBI and Harney County as Ammon Bundy and his group are arrested. This is looking more like the beginning rather than the end of a more complicated story.
Certainly some members of the FBI and Oregon Governor Kate Brown are probably thinking its time to unfurl a Mission Accomplished banner over the arrest of a group and the death of member
What wasn’t understood in this incident is clear though to many. The takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a symptom of a problem in America – an unfavored tribe in America is telling the others that they are still here. No place is this more apparent than in the state of Oregon, where a heavily populated, extremely liberal (but otherwise, by population, small) city of Portland directs virtually all political power of a state which is sparsely populated, rural and poor.
The group that took over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge didn’t seek out an online brand and banner like #blacklivesmatter – maybe they should have, before being granted the #yallqaeda one by opponents.
This could either mean an end to the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, or it could mean more extreme interests will create a much more dangerous situation in Harney County – whichever, we’ve seen escalation rather than deescalation.
This could also further stimulate a greater radicalization of the unfavored tribe in the United States, which in the long term is a far more dangerous proposition in a country that is suffering from becoming a nation of tribes.