Before he went over to Iraq, a buddy of mine made the observation that law enforcement depends upon folks having some sort of social contract with the government. As he put it at the time, " All it takes is 10-15% of the population determined to fuck things up to insure that you have major instability."
My friend was talking about Iraq. Here are the harrowing observations of Chris Rose of the New Orleans Times-Picayune about the situation on the ground in NOLA. When guys like Rose start talking about leaving, that's all I need to know about the gravity of the situation.