I’ve got every right to walk wherever I choose down the street but getting right up in peoples faces is provocative. I would only do so if I was looking for a reaction.
Imagine there are three guys named Tom, Dick and Harry.
Tom is a short guy but as nice as they come, Dick is a bit of a dick and sort of
a bully, and Harry is one of those big happy lug types that most people like
most of the time.
Tom has a very nice back yard and his cute wife likes to sunbath there and
grow tomatoes. Dick likes to stare at Tom's wife's ass, drink beer and pass
enormous amounts of gas.
Everybody is fine and nobody is bothering anybody else, BUT one day Dick
decides to block the path to Toms back yard and thinks he might want that
little section of yard for himself and maybe go a couple rounds with Tom's
Tom attempts to go to his back yard but Dick shoves him to the ground in
the mud and tells him that this path is closed and he can't come this way
Dick get's discouraged and heads over to his friend Harry's house. Harry knows
that the path is public and that Dick is being a Dick by blocking it, so he decides
to walk up that path and see if Dick feels like pushing him in the mud.
Dick is relatively happy to shove Tom in the mud, but if he were going to push
Harry in the mud, he might get his nose punched and that doesn't seem like a
fun time at all. So when Harry walks down the path Dick decides that he likes
his nose the way it is and goes back to drinking beer and farting and lets Tom
travel freely up the path.
An objective observer might note that Harry had no reason to go check out Toms
back yard or travel down that path or he might decide that there are too many
Dicks out there and it would be a bad precedent to let various Dicks tell everyone
who can and can't travel down the paths to their own back yard.
Imagine there were three countries named Kuwait, Iran and USA. Kuwait liked
to travel up the Persian gulf to sell their oil. One day Iran decided that it might be
profitable to them to close that little gulf and tell Kuwait they had to pay a fee
to pass by.
This has happened all over the world a hundred times.