I cited to this entry from John Robb's Global Guerrillas yesterday, but both it and the base article from the NYT are worthy of a separate post.
Read them both (including all links), then think about the world in which we live.
As Robb notes:
...I suspect that one reason for the atrocious behavior of our current crop of elites is that they (being historically naive) don't fear the mob anymore. They should. When things eventually erupt, we will see fewer placards (protest doesn't work anymore) and more bombs...
Mr. Robb has a keen eye for harsh reality, don't you think?