- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2011

The process of decay and debilitation of the moral compass of Western Europe is already long in the tooth.

From its root of anti-capitalism, the insidious disease from the font of Marxism and its pathetic sister, socialism, has gnawed away at the timber of the Judeo-Christian ethic under the plausible yet anti-ethical laws of secularism that have given way to the new social disease of political correctness.

The so-called “riots” in London are nothing more than the extension of this rot. Dressed up as some sort of spontaneous response to a legitimate grievance of the people, they are a contrivance of fact and the opportunistic edge of the same cowardly debasement of who we are.

The hooligan charge is a normal response to the breakdown of law and order where good is demeaned and bad is acceptable because it is “society’s fault” that things turned out this way.

A police force corrupted by politically correct standards, in which any and all criminal behavior is somehow caused by our flawed society’s standards, “manages” the riot as if it had standing.

This is the outer edge of civilization being pushed to the limit. Our institutions and basic decency are all questioned as false deities of a prior time; the Union Jack is offensive to this or that party, and multiculturalism is accepted as a norm rather than God, queen and country. The dark ages have come and gone, but the light of good has always reappeared, and it will again. A good place to start would be for the police to begin to behave as the term suggests and shoot to kill those who endanger lives and property.

ROBERT F. AGOSTINELLI

London