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Trump uses force as a first resort. And now the firepower is aimed at his own people

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The US president’s threats against those protesting at George Floyd’s killing simply ramp up a trend that began decades ago

The menacing sight of heavily armoured US military vehicles and personnel seizing control of the streets is a familiar one for residents of Baghdad and Kabul. Last week, citizens of Washington and other American cities experienced similar treatment – at the hands of their own government.

Donald Trump’s alarming over-reaction to the mostly lawful protests that followed George Floyd’s death produced a powerful backlash among political and military leaders. It also highlighted increased US reliance, at home and abroad, on the aggressive use of force as a first resort.

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