Tuesday, August 09, 2011
  Turks get it right ... again

One encouraging bit of news from the British riots:
Shop owners across London vowed tonight to do whatever it takes to protect their businesses as anger over the police's inability to stop widespread looting pushes them towards setting up their own neighbourhood vigilante groups.

Inspired by reports of the Turkish and Bangladeshi communities chasing would-be looters out of their neighbourhoods in east London, many shop keepers today said they too would come out and defend their livelihoods if rioting erupts across the capital for a fourth night.

"There were no police so we came out to defend ourselves," said a shopkeeper who only gave his first name Mehmet. "I don't know if it's breaking the law but what can we do?"

"What the Turkish community did was brilliant, they made the area a safer place," said Tonya Cavanagh, a 39-year-old shopkeeper who runs a neighbourhood watch system in the area. "Everybody is really thankful. I think more people will go and help out the Turkish people too now. It makes you want to stick together."


Westerners have lost touch with the basic idea of justice and punishment, replacing it by suicidal egalitarian nonsense that encourages crime and enriches agitators.

Muslims clearly haven't lost touch with justice, and they're teaching the more trainable Westerners.

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Sidenote: There's an odd non-barking dog in this story. In recent years the British court system has treated self-defense much more harshly than crime. Anyone who dared to defend his home or business against a criminal was in serious trouble, and wide open to lawsuits by the criminal as well. This crowd of publicly organized vigilantes should have taken the FULL ATTENTION of the coppers. No hesitation about using live ammo, bombs, and tanks against self-defenders.

Several months ago, Cameron claimed that he wanted to restore sanity on that front. Maybe he has, or maybe the coppers are just so completely uninterested in the whole affair that they can't even stir up their usual hatred for non-professionals.

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