Britain hasn’t been successfully invaded in more than a thousand. It looks like that streak may be over. It was a good run.
We’re told that 16,000 police will try to retake London. But that means that London has been taken.
I’ve been glued to the live video feed today. It’s pretty incredible to watch – leftist violence on full display.
I think anger and sadness are the appropriate responses. Vladimir seems to get the tone about right:
The latest events are the London riots. And what a depressing occurrence they are. They reveal the true extent of crime and disorder that has been sitting under the surface of London society for the past few decades, unchecked by a useless police force, a useless justice system and a number of useless governments.
It is profoundly, desperately sad to see how thin our civilisation actually is. How quickly it reverts to barbarism… how quickly the Vandal hordes revert to type and smash and steal the artefacts of the civilised world.
Would the Victorians have allowed it? Not in the 19th century; they’d call in the Army before allowing gangs of ruffians to burn down London. And rightly so. But of course, they helped enable what happens now, with their Whigs and their Chartists, their universal suffrage and their push for “reforms”. These continued the inevitable decline: the transition from a society ruled by betters, to a society ruled by no-one.
Thankyou, the Left Wing. These are your people, your riots, and your city now. Good luck stopping the violence. Maybe you could negotiate with some “community leaders”? Perhaps withdrawing the police from “deprived areas” would be a solution? And a bit more cash for those areas, too, perhaps? You could always appear on TV and say the violence is “unacceptable”. That would definitely help. . . .
There is no saviour. We already abolished everyone who could protect us from the criminals. The riots, and the government’s inability to control them, are the reminder.
Jim also digs up a video that’s worth watching.
Also, here’s Vox:
Barbarians are barbarians. They are not civilized people. They do not build, they do not produce, they have no capacity or interest in doing anything more than breed, subsist, and destroy. You build a wall to keep the barbarians out, and when they try to invade, as they eventually will, you utilize civilized discipline to slaughter them. You can try to convert them to civilization in their own lands, and sometimes they will be able to maintain one if the population possesses sufficient average time preferences, but whatever you do, you don’t permit them to move in next door.
The picture above is an apt metaphor for Western multiculturalism. The man being beaten up is a press photographer, most likely a nice left-liberal who up until the very moment that the photo was taken was a staunch believer in multiculturalism and human equality.
I also don’t see how this can end in victory Britain as we know it. Even if the official government nominally regains control, it’s lack of control has been laid bare. Someone will step in to fill the – now obvious – vacuum.
Finally, John Derbyshire:
Through British veins runs the poisonous fake idealism of “human rights” and “sensitivity,” of happy-clappy multicultural groveling and sick, weak, deracinated moral universalism — the rotten fruit of a debased, sentimentalized Christianity.