I've avoided commenting on NZ's great terror panic of 2007, on the basis that it's generally better not to offer an opinion without having information to base it on. But that doesn't seem to be stopping anyone else, including supposedly-professional journalists, so what the hell - here are my picks for the likely outcomes:
1. It will turn out that Tame Iti and some fellow overweight blow-hards have indeed been indulging in fantasies of themselves as revolutionaries throwing off the oppressive yoke of Whitey, but the details will prove more embarrassing than criminal.
2. It will turn out that the tenuous associations the arrested anarchist rent-a-mob types have with the above-mentioned overweight blow-hards have been used by various coppers-with-a-grudge to settle some scores. The justice system will practically tie itself in knots trying to disguise the fact.
3. A grave threat to our way of life will turn out not to have actually existed.
4. No heads will roll over it.
Anyone got any other punts to add?
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