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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Brutality in Britian

Brutality in Britain

Over the last few nights, London, and other various British cities have been plagued by riots and the violent actions of many. The initial protests occurred in response to the slaying of a young man by a police officer in an unenfranchised, poverty stricken area of London.

Rioters, law enforcement, victims, and bystanders all agree that the violence has been instigated and carried out by the poor Brits and their rage targeted towards symbols of British authority, wealthy, and law. In the much quoted words of a rioter, "we're just showing the rich we can do what we want."

Nowhere has this been more evident than when an hibernate end restaurant was stormed by a band of bat wielding youths who demanded valuables and money from all of the patrons.

The violence has left another man dead, countless injured, hundreds arrested, and tens of millions of dollars worth of damage inflicted.

This unfortunate violence must end. The rioters may be justified in their anger at a system that they feel has failed them. However, violence cannot be responded to with the reward of giving more waltz to the aggressors at the expense of the victims. At this point, it may be necessary to severely punish the aggressors in efforts to prevent illegal, violent, unethical, and barbaric actions in the future, regardless of the validity of the protectors grievances.

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