Recently, a friend sent me old photos of London during World War II.
Last night, many young people tried to re-enact scenes from that time. Fires raged in many sections of the city, creating images unlike any seen since the dark (where not lit by burning buildings) days of German bomber and V-1 attacks.
But, this was no foreigner army or terrorist group attacking London: it was its own citizens that torched buildings, looted shops, and battled police. This was homegrown, so the society must take all the blame…although they won’t. Capitalism played a role (no, I am not a communist!). Aided and abetted by outright thugs and criminals, who will take any opportunity to cause trouble and grab free goods, dissatisfied youth vented their anger on their own communities (or neighboring ones). This was anarchy, broadcast on national television.
It was sad to watch on television and to listen to reports to listen to reports the following day. Of course, the Prime Minister has formed a committee…
I doubt that disillusioned, unemployed young people will be affected by words from out-of-touch politicians (especially ones that have promised to cut education outlays). Words from civil leaders are of little use, when these people are willing to face armed police.
I wonder what parents—after watching their neighborhood being looted and torched—say to their children when they return home with a television, a computer, and what-not under their arms…
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.