Rioting and looting spread across London on Monday as hooded youths set buildings and cars ablaze, smashed shop windows and hurled bottles and stones at police in a third night of violence in Britain’s worst unrest in decades.
Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his holiday to fly home to tackle the violence, which appeared to be led by youths alienated by years of underemployment which left them feeling marginalized even before the economic downturn…
Marginalized youth? Certainly – but also a civilization which has lost the will to defend itself. 70 years ago the people of London would have known what to do with people who – regardless of grievance – are really just using the incident as cover for a rampage of looting…they would have beaten them down.
It would be different if these people were trying to do something – if, that is, they were trying to conduct a revolution. Overthrow Parlaiment, set up a Republic…heck, re-establish absolute monarchy. Something, anything…but all they are doing is burning things and stealing. And the Brits are just wringing their hands over it…and even if the British people wanted to do something about it, they really can’t: Britain’s gun control laws have ensured that if ever some thousands of people want to loot and pillage, there is no way for the citizenry to stop them.
It is such a sad end for a once-great nation. Keep it in mind – and don’t let it happen here.