Just think for a moment about the deep irony of tear gas, reducing citizens — having transformed their demoralized state into a sharp sense of will — (back) to tears.
(image: Chris Hondros/Getty Images. caption: A protestor cries from tear gas fired on marchers by riot police during an unpermitted march against the G-20 Summit on September 24, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Marchers gathered in neighborhoods several miles from Pittsburgh’s downtown but were dispersed by police bearing tear gas and amplification machines. Dignitaries begin arriving for the G-20 Summit today while authorities vow to prevent expected protests from disrupting the meeting)