We appreciate the passion city officials display in many of the emails the Rawlings-Blake administration released this week. It is clear, as a mayoral spokesman said, that many "went into overdrive to regain control of the situation." The same is evidently true of city schools officials, MTA police, state troopers, National Guard members and others who played a role in responding to the riots. But the "passion and urgency" they displayed clearly could have been deployed in a more effective, better coordinated manner. Coming to clear conclusions about the leadership displayed at all levels is crucial, and not just so we can point fingers of blame (though, given voters' role in holding public officials accountable, that's important too). This could happen again.