London Burning: Something Wicked This Way Comes?

August 9, 2011

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you? Source: AP/PA

London is burning. Following the shooting death (by police) of a young black man suspected of being a gang member,  thugs and looters have taken to the streets en masse, baring the ugly side of humanity by employing random violence throughout the Tottenham area in North London. On some streets, not a single business has been left un-looted.  

In some ways, it’s not unlike similar riots we have seen here in America: A police action against a minority that is seen as questionable (or, in the eyes of the minority community, racially motivated). And before all the facts are uncovered, a few members in that minority community rush to judgement and take matters into their own hands. The result? Rioting, looting, and unfortunately, casualties.

But there is a difference in London’s rioting; and I fear it may be a harbinger of something far darker.  And I fear even more that it may well spread world-wide, including here in America. Call it the perfect storm of societal breakdown. And it crosses all racial, ethnic, and religious lines. 

Feeding my fear is that, even as I write this, the rioting is now spreading, not just to other parts of London, but also to other cities in England as reported in the Christian Science Monitor… including  Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, Liverpool, Oxford and Reading… all cities that have no direct connection with the shooting incident. 

That raises the question: At this point, is the rioting just about the shooting? Or has society simply reached a flash point where thugs (regardless of background) are becoming so brazen they are taking the attitude of  ‘Let’s just do it! There ain’t enough cops to stop us all”?

The next few days will most likely disclose an answer. For if the British authorities are not able to stop the violence before it spreads throughout the rest of London and to even more cities, it will be seen as an opportunity by the large underclass of all nations who may decide to throw caution under the  bus and live by the old adages, “Might makes right!” and “There’s strength in numbers.”

Worse, if our law enforcement isn’t prepared to deal with this quickly and effectively (as London’s law enforcement has so far failed to do), we could see the complete breakdown of society we have long feared might eventually come.

Pay close attention to England, folks. As Fox News reported this morning,  British Prime Minister David Cameron has taken pro-active steps by recalling Parliament from its summer recess as well as boosting the number of police on the streets tonight to almost triple the amount of previous nights. This follows three days of rioting in London which has now spread to other cities, creatinging a full-blown political crisis.

Pray the authorities are able to stop the rioting and thug brutality. Otherwise, expect something wicked to reach our shores.

Gerry Ashley


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