Meinhaj Hussain, firstname.lastname@example.org
The present London riots have been described as thuggery and hooliganism but readers of the mass media may question whether there are deeper issues at play here. The Boston Tea "party" too, if judged by the same standards as the London riots, could be described as thuggery and hooliganism. So too would recent events in the Arab world sparked by young Tunisians coming out into the streets and well, engaged in the same "thuggery and hooliganism".
The truth of the matter however is that the present recession is finally finding fault lines in British society.
Tottenham is among the most deprived parts of British society. This is a society where one part cannot find work because of the way they look or where their curriculum vitae reads as their home address and another part where men who are more likely to have "z"s in their surname and others of that ilk make money out of "nothing" and get bailed out in the billions every decade or so.
Society and community is made of men who live to exchange with each other for everyone's betterment in a fair and equitable manner. When this basic truth is violated, society exists only superficially or by the force of arms. It is not for no reason that one of the strongest words used in the Quran is against what is today considered banking:
O ye who believe! fear Allah and give up what remains of your demand for usury, if ye are indeed believers. If ye do it not, take notice of war from Allah and His Messenger: but if ye repent ye shall have your capital sums; deal not unjustly and ye shall not be dealt with unjustly. (2:278-9)This present oppression cannot go on. The world cannot live at peace, no matter how many people you seek to lock up, torture, or simply shoot in cold blood and feed to the fishes. No matter how many people are labeled terrorists or thugs. Society needs to return to the balance of equity and benefit for all, not exploitation of the majority by a small elite minority and the petit bourgeois.
First Picture: Muslim Turkish Britons have gained wide popularity among Londoners for protecting the streets. Second Picture: London looking like Baghdad in GW I & II. Third Picture: Damage will cost the British economy.