The most interesting tactics to prevent looting

According to CNN, Honduras officials have taken the most unusual steps to stop potential looting.

The Brazilian request for a Security Council meeting came after the Honduran government isolated the embassy by cutting water, power and phone lines to the building, U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly confirmed to reporters Tuesday.

Brazil’s foreign minister, Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim, called the action a “very serious” move that violated international law.

Police said that utilities were turned off in the area surrounding the embassy to discourage looting after supporters of Zelaya converged in front of the building Tuesday.

So if you are like me, you have to wonder how cutting the water, electricity, or phone would prevent looting.  If someone is breaking in to my place, being able to call the police would be useful.  If undesirables are gathering, being able to shine lights on them and see them would be useful, so keep the electricity on.  Water?  Maybe that could help defend by turning the hose on.

I really can’t see how cutting any of these utilities would help prevent forest fires looting.  So I am going to have to side with the Brazilians on this, it is retailation for having overthrown President Zelaya in the embassy.

-Josh

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