Imagine there are three groups of kids in the schoolyard:
There's a group of little kids who are younger and have been singled out as marks for bullying by the oldest kids, the bullies.
There a smaller group of middle grade kids, trying to get in the graces of of the biggest bullies among the highest grade kids.
Then there's the oldest kids in the high grades, from whose ranks all the big bullies come.
The little kids are walking around sullen and angry a lot of the time, because of all the abuse they are suffering from the big bullies in the upper grades. And so far, the principle hasn't stepped in to help them at all. So they're getting angrier and angrier.
Some of the middle grade kids see this and decide to exploit the situation. They will take the "brave move" to taunt the little kids who are being bullied, relying on the protections of "free speech" (of course, they would never dare taunt the big bullies, especially since they are brownnosers whose biggest ambition in life is to get in the good graces of those same bullies).
This makes the little kids furious, and pretty soon they posse up on the asses of those middle grade kids who have started to taunt them.
The middle grade kids get scared when all the little kids start threatening to wail on their asses, and pull out their pre-planned defense to the principle: "I'm just exercising free speech!! Look at these little kids, how mean, angry, irrational and hateful they are against little ol' me!"
So what now? What should the principle do?
In our case, "the principle" is world public opinion. And unfortunately, it doesn't really have the power to actually do anything directly to the big bully kids. Because the big bullies have gone out and purchased lots of bombs and guns and planted them all over the school. And anytime anyone tries to rein them in, the bullies turn around and accuse THEM of plotting to use bombs and guns!
But they can't really kill the principle. And even though the principle can't control them, they are still fearful of him, and try to convince him they are in the right, no matter what they do or how deplorable it is.
So should the principle come to the defense of the little kids against the middle graders? And what about their admittedly unruly behavior?