“Some Say The World Will End In Fire”

9 Aug

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Gandhi

Enough is enough.

Today I really struggle to believe the extent of the capabilities of the human. Divided we stand, as individuals, accountable for our actions and with emotion, but as a group this identity is lost and we become a mob of heartlessness and destruction.

You hear on the news about civil unrest and rioting in countries that you might have visited, but you never expect it to be on your doorstep.

But this is something that we face in the South of England today. Since the weekend the rioting has been getting worse, and last night fire crews in London were called to over two thousand incidents of fires across the capital. Two thousand separate fires threatening the safety and livelihood of innocent people. Sixteen thousand policemen will patrol the streets tonight; sixteen thousand men and women innocently doing their job and serving their country, yet at the same time putting themselves in imminent danger of harm.

And it’s scary. It’s people rioting; pushing against the errors and flaws of the government, sparked by the shooting of a suspected drug dealer. The two incidents seem to have very little synergy, yet the death of a drug dealer has set it all off. A drug dealer who was shot by the police, but not in cold blood; do these rioters not take the time to think about the fact that if someone fires a bullet, this might happen? One of the policemen had a bullet embedded in his walkie talkie. That’s hardly the behaviour of an innocent bystander, shot for no reason. Where there is smoke there are flames; the irony of the phrase not completely lost on me this morning as I watch London burn.

Why do these mindless thugs not realise that they are only hurting themselves, and other innocent people? Torch shops, break glass, ruin communities and when the situation is calmed, what’s left? Borough upon borough of destruction. Where will you get your shopping from then?

I do find it annoying however the way that the government are choosing to deal with the situation. There have been suggestions of dealing with the issues with water cannons, a method that is implemented in other countries, or getting the army out onto the streets. We have a world class army that are trained for these sorts of situations, and the Minister for Law so saying that ‘we do not use that sort of tactic in the UK’. Potentially why we are in this position at the moment really.

As I watch the trouble spreading from area to area across the capital, it just makes me think. What happened to the country that these people were once so proud of? And to peoples humanity? When you see the little old man on the news whose shop has been burnt to the ground, why do you not feel compassion? My dad always taught me there was a time and a place for grievance. Whatever the issue, there truly is never an excuse for senseless vandalism and unprovoked violence.

camila-batmanghelidjh’s opinion – really interesting post.


32 Responses to ““Some Say The World Will End In Fire””

  1. rebeccasretreat August 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I agree with everything you have said, as you have read in my post concerning these terrible events. It’s shameful.

  2. mairedubhtx August 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    A thought-filled post and you make some very fine points. Stay safe during this turbulent time.

  3. mrsbongle August 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    With all the fires being set it’s inevitable that someone will die. It’s alright for those who can run down the stairs but my sister and my husband are registered disabled and just can’t move quickly. What if there was someone in a wheelchair in a flat above a shop? They would have no hope of getting out. Or someone who was registered blind. Yes, to lose your house or shop is terrible but if these burnings don’t stop some people stand to lose a lot more.

  4. Granddad August 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    God knows I am no Holy Joe, but a lack of a religious upbringing leaves children with little or no conscience and a poor sense of right and wrong.The only way out of this mess (if it’s not already too late) is to restore discipline – in schools, in government, in prisons, but particularly in the home. As this will take some time, we must, in the mean time, crack down hard on feral mobs and gangs of all colours and creeds, and provide more prisons to house them. Put the blame where it really lies – self centred politicians, ridiculous political correctness and sheer greed. Only when discipline is restored will the land again be green and pleasant.

    • tinkerbelle86 August 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

      Granddad!!! We never went to church and we turned out alright! love you xxx

  5. thediaryofsugarandspice August 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Honestly, from my standpoint…England definitely needs a bigger force than just the police. Kind of like the crazy Americans – we send in all the troops whenever there is a burp of anything. I don’t understand how these rioters can be so daft? You’re ruining the country you’re fighting for? What gives?!

    I hope your safe, lovey…and your family and friends too! xoxoxo

  6. textisle August 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Thanks for posting this, I had no idea this was going on and have been watching BBC online. My early childhood was spent in Ealing.

  7. Vix @ LittleMissEverything August 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    As you know I agree, I hope they sort things out soon!

  8. Dakota August 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Thanks so much for the nice comment on my blog. 🙂

    I am loving your articles. It’s awful what’s happening in the world/London right now! Hearts with ya! x

  9. Zane Cassidy August 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    I agree that this is all horrible and tragic. The people who are doing this need to stop. But it seems clear that there were problems before the gunshot. How can we prevent things like this from happening again? And in other parts of the world?

  10. magsx2 August 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    I have been following the riots on the news, and really feel for all those people that are too terrified to leave their homes, and all those that have lost their livelihoods It really needs to be stopped, a few people here in OZ thought the army may have been out and about before this. I certainly hope all those that have been arrested or will be arrested gets the full force of the law thrown at them, you cannot allow this sort of thing to happen again.

  11. Judith August 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    It does appear that the police alone are unable to quell these rioting mobs. Why hasn’t the army been called out? One wonders why there is a fully trained army sitting on the sidelines watching what is happening.
    Thank you for the thoughtful post and thanks for reading mine.

  12. run4joy59 August 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    As I’ve watched these riots from the comfort of my home, I’ve felt sorrow and sympathy for the innocent people who are losing their businesses, their homes and even their lives. I’m not sure how things like this come about, why anyone thinks it’s alright to harm people who have never caused them harm. All I know is that mobs get out of hand quickly, that they behave in ways that most of the people involved would never behave individually. I don’t know what the answer is, but I hope an answer is found soon. Stay safe…

  13. londonswede August 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Well said. Don’t know where about in England you are, but I hope you’re not in the midlands where it’s been lots of disturbance today.

  14. prenin August 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    This isn’t about a drug dealer getting shot, it’s about greed and sheer criminality.

    Because they saw so many getting away with it in London copycat violence is springing up all over the country.

    We’ve had riots – and deaths as a result – in Middleton that the Police couldn’t deal with a few years back and now we’re seeing it happen on a larger scale across the country.

    These people have no interest in right and wrong, they are just out for themselves and enjoying the power of the mob…

    Love and hugs!


  15. Nicole August 10, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    Those riots are so sad…

  16. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts August 10, 2011 at 1:43 am #

    Interesting to hear your perspective from right there – the news is all of Australia but it’s hard to know what it’s actually like living amongst it. It sounds as horrible as I’d imagine. I hope things are brought under control soon.

  17. twindaddy August 10, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    I just heard about this today and found myself wondering if you lived near London or not. I’m sad to know that you’re there right now as it sounds horrible there right now.

    This senselessness always befuddles me, and I’ve never understood what people think they accomplish by rioting.

    I hope for your sake, and the sake of every one else involved, that order is restored soon and you can go back to your lives.

  18. Megan August 10, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    As I shared in my comment on Vicky’s post…. The two of you were the first I thought about upon hearing the news of the riots. I am so very glad to hear that you are safe. It saddens me to see such destruction taking place. Hopefully peace finds its way to the streets there and some control will be regained. xoxo

    • tinkerbelle86 August 10, 2011 at 7:55 am #

      we both live far enough out of it for it to not be an issue really, I live about forty mins south of croydon which i think is the furthest south that the trouble has caused. its harder for Vix as she commutes into London for work. But its scary anyway! there was an interview on the news with a looter this morning saying they were just claiming back what was theres; i dont think designer clothes and carpets are something they would normally buy! and i couldnt believe that a radio station was giving them airtime. surely if you can get them for long enough to interview, you can cover them in neon paint so everyone knows it was them! ive had friends been affected though, especially the ones who live in Clapham and had to stay in their houses. it seems to be calming a bit now though. Maybe dont come visit this month??! xxxx

  19. chenpeng August 10, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    i’m really sorry to hear about that, i heard about the news from TV some days before. at the beginning, i thought it’s just a riot, ya know, just like a riot after a football match. but after reading your post, i was shocked, i just can’t imagine the fires on the street around your house, it’s so scary. i also heard about some good news from TV, allot volunteers started to clean the street after the fires. Yup, as my mother said, these volunteers these England young people gave the whole world encouragement, they showed the bright side of this country. things will be better.
    take cares.

  20. Sandra Bell Kirchman August 10, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    Belle, there are a lot of whys in this post. One possible answer is a conspiracy theory that is rapidly gaining acceptance. It states that a very powerful self-interest group has trained people all over the world to take every situation that is the least bit unstable and start a riot.

    We had a similar situation in Canada in June of last year at the G20 summit. It started out as a peaceful protest against poverty around the world, with a large number of people involved. At some point, radicals in black masks joined the protest and it turned ugly for a while.

    The apparent reason for this ugliness is that when people are fired up and the mobs manipulated to riot, it creates an unstable atmosphere that leads to recriminations, doubt and anger in the general population. Thus it makes these self-interest people able to more easily manipulate the politicians and military leaders to their own ends.

    I know it sounds like something out of James Bond, but there could be some truth to it.

    Whatever the reason, keep yourself and family/friends safe.

  21. cherry August 10, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    be safe…

  22. Team Oyeniyi August 10, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Stay safe, Tinkerbelle.

    If you haven’t seen it already, you might like this article too: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1hXkL0/pennyred.blogspot.com/2011/08/panic-on-streets-of-london.html

    • tinkerbelle86 August 11, 2011 at 8:36 am #

      really good! she got a lot of unfair stick fo rher opinion though. its all calmed down now and like i said i am far away enough that it didnt make it down this far, although a lot of my friends were affected.

  23. TheIdiotSpeaketh August 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Wonderfully said. Stay safe my friend.

  24. J Roycroft August 12, 2011 at 12:56 am #

    Excellent post. As I have written in my latest blog about this event in London, It has less to do about the shooting than it does about the state of pure socialism there. The problem is directly associated with wealth envy. The young thugs burn and destroy the private property of those who worked so hard to support their own families. When asked why do they do it. They say they are getting their taxes back. What? Are you freaking kidding me? These thugs never paid any taxes. They get everything in their useless lives free on the tax payers backs. They are too stupid to realize they are destroying the very foundation that supports them. This is the result of a government who chose to give non-producers the choice of a free ride at the expense pf others. If anyone is to blame, it’s the socialist government.

  25. jimmurphy66 August 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    I never watch the news ( helps keep me sane )

    I believe Jimmy Buffet said it best in one of his songs….

    “Human beings are flawed individuals. the cosmic bakers
    Took us out of the oven a little too early. and that’s the
    Reason were as crazy as we are and I believe it”

    Be safe kid!

  26. greenerpasturesind August 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Love that you have quoted Gandhi. Yes, the riots are baseless for there are no winners. We have to find different methods to show our disgust for bad governance. I am from India and at the moment my country is going through a tough time because of a really ugly and corrupt government. Hope the youth wake up and change the world.

  27. elisa beth August 16, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    And the riots happened because the provocative broadcast message? It really is a shame, I hope our generation have a better mind and respect humanity in a whole new level (better one I hope)
    great post 🙂

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