Is Britain still a civilized nation?

London, one of the greatest cities in the world for the last 1,000 years or so, continues to slide down, down, down. If you’re unlucky enough to live in the wrong section of London, this is what it’s like to do business:

A corner shop run by an Asian couple has been attacked 200 times in the past decade by thieves and robbers using guns, knives and CS spray.

The owners of the K&S corner shop, in east London, have been threatened, assaulted and racially abused by thugs and feel let down by police. They fear they may be killed.

Leaders of the organisation representing small businesses believe the experiences of Suresh Kumar and his wife, Sebah, in their shop in Plaistow, are typical of thousands of shop owners whose livelihoods, and even their lives, are threatened by crime, much of it drink and drug-fuelled and violent. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said crime against shops costs at least £1.5 billion a year.

The FSB said: “The retail sector suffers the highest level of intimidation or threatening behaviour of any business sector. A third of small firms have been the victim of such crime in the past year.” It demanded tougher action to protect shopkeepers.

The experiences of the Kumars were highlighted last night in an investigation broadcast on ITV’s London Programme. Footage showed a robber ripping a till from the shop counter. Mr Kumar, a father of two, said he had been threatened with a gun, sprayed in the eyes with CS gas and attacked with a sword. He has suffered a broken nose and has been spat on while working in the shop. One scene captured a man shouting at him: “You just keep your mouth shut. You are Asian, you are nothing.”

Working with the police, the FSB plans to offer rewards for information leading to convictions in cases where shopkeepers have been murdered.

In one of the most notorious recent cases, Mahmut Fahri had chilli powder thrown in his face and was then stabbed to death in his shop in Bounds Green, north London, in 2004 by two men who stole two bottles of whisky. One man has been jailed for life for murder and another is serving 12 years for manslaughter.

Given the anarchy that characterizes large swaths of England, it’s perhaps no wonder that England has become a breeding ground for some of the world’s worst terrorists:

Muslim radicals recruited to terrorism in Britain and Europe were labelled a major threat to US national security last night.

The US homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, singled out extremists who have been radicalised in Britain as a danger to America. A report compiled by US security chiefs on the threat to their homeland concluded that British-based Muslims would regard “the use of violence here as legitimate”.

The findings will reinforce efforts by the US government to tighten up visa controls. Mr Chertoff is calling for visitors from the European Union who enter the US via the visa waiver scheme to register their personal details 48 hours before taking a transatlantic flight.

I’m not saying here that the root causes of terrorism are just poverty and racism.  Indeed, the high economic and educational status of so many major terrorists and would-be terrorists completely puts the lie to that notion.  I am saying, though, that a society that is pockmarked with holes of decay and degradation becomes a perfect petri dish for all sorts of dreadful people and ideologies.

8 Responses

  1. A corner shop run by an Asian couple has been attacked 200 times in the past decade by thieves and robbers using guns, knives and CS spray.

    Get some anti-personnel mines or remote control claymores.

    Make sure you video tape it as well when it goes off on a thug. Good propaganda and psychological warfare material all in all.

    Wait, they do allow protection of personal property in Britland, don’t they?

    attacked with a sword

    Maybe we can resurrect Miyamoto Mushashi so he can demostrate what you can really do with a sword on a person.

    Working with the police, the FSB plans to offer rewards for information leading to convictions in cases where shopkeepers have been murdered.

    They should be offering 50k bounties for Dead Or Alive. Wild West cowboys must be an American only tradition it seems.

    How about you offer a 5k reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of these idtards, and offer a 50k reward for their heads in total?

    Given the anarchy that characterizes large swaths of England, it’s perhaps no wonder that England has become a breeding ground for some of the world’s worst terrorists:

    I thought that was Iraq, Book? Awww, man, I was looking to breed me some Chicken Jihadis up in the wild beyond. Now they’re in a big bad city. Pooey.

    I am saying, though, that a society that is pockmarked with holes of decay and degradation becomes a perfect petri dish for all sorts of dreadful people and ideologies.

    They might want to think about bringing back the death penalty, because nations that have it, at least have a tradition of being hardcore on crime and criminals. That tradition, by itself, is worth more than all the DP executions in total.

  2. Britain has criminalized self-defense, so naturally the predators have an upper hand. It doesn’t matter who the victims are, they might just as well be natives. When you have a police force loathe to investigating or enforcing laws, you will always have this sort of chaos. Think Philly’s program of “going down with crime” (Mayor Rendell in charge, back then) where the cops would simply cause the reports of crime to go down the memory hole….especially crime against tourists.
    Can’t think of a quicker way to destroy a civilization than to make enemies of the police and the people they are supposed to serve and protect.

  3. Anthony Burgess was a prophet, droogs and all, with his “A Clockwork Orange”.

    Book, I think that you are mad at them because they betrayed your love and high regard for them. They let you down.

    I feel the same about the French (although, in this case, I actually have family over there).

  4. Arm the shopkeepers, and refuse to entertain lawsuits by thugs against their victims, and this nonsense will stop. It may take a bit of time, and a few bodies on the floor, but a society has to decide who it will allow to set the tone. In Britain right now, those who are leading out in society have decided that the lowest common denominator is going to set the tone, and we are observing the results.

    It’s very sad….one is somewhat frightened to go over there anymore. Without local knowledge, it’s pretty easy to stray into danger, and those in danger a. have no one to call on for help, and b. must fear the law if they choose to help themselves using any methods that promise to be effective.

  5. Well, there is one great consolation. The UK has some of the strictest gun control in the world. Often cited as a model by those who say that (legal) guns can be eliminated in the U.S.

    You absolutely do not have to concern yourself that a law-abiding shop keeper, or home owner, will shoot you.

    Oh, wait.

  6. Too funny, Oldflyer!

  7. I guess that explains why I keep seeing more Brits over here.
    Al

  8. Fox News has a Brit guy on one of their economic shows, and I found his accent extremely funny and classy. The fact that he oftentimes talks about the classism of Britain compared to the entrepreneur opportunities here in the US, helps also.

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