Even Bill O’Reilly seemed to invoke the U.K.’s bad economy when talking about the hooligans who are rioting in London. Bad economy? These are bad people.

Here’s a story from the Telegraph to make you choke on your coffee this morning: “Birmingham Residents Killed While Doing the Job of Police.”  Is a bad economy a factor? Frankly, dear reader, I don’t give a damn. That anybody would cite the economy as a possible root  of what these hooligans are doing shows how far we’ve traveled from being a civilized society.

In my book holding civilized values can mean shooting people with real bullets-as opposed to the rubber ones London police must use. Before you say that the riots were triggered by the death at the hands of police of an alleged gang member, look at the pictures of London in flames. There is no “reason” for this.

Here’s Home Secretary Theresa May on whether to use water cannons against these hooligans:

I don’t think anybody wants to see water cannon used on the streets of Britain because we have a different attitude to the culture of policing here. We police by consent and it depends on that trust between the police and the public.

Go, Theresa!

In “Snapshot of a Sick Society,” Victor Davis Hanson tells the story about a woman who was stabbed to death while innocently washing her car-a teenager said he wanted to kill somebody and she had been “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” It is a story that has relevance for anybody who wants to search for “reasons” behind the London riots. Hanson quoted the last line of the news story:

The teen, whose name was not released because of his age, was booked into the Kings County Juvenile Center on suspicion of murder. Ortiz was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact.

Hanson the writes:

In our present society, an able-bodied young man of 17 has leisure to walk about at 5 a.m. after a night of partying, while a hard-working woman squeezes in such an early morning moment to wash her car in order to appear presentable at work.

Note, furthermore, that our society has no compunction about letting the world know the identity of Ms. Denise McVay, who was horribly murdered and left dead on the pavement of a car wash. But it is worried that we might learn the name of the “17-year-old gang member,” also known as an anonymous “teen.” Yet why are we, as a society, more sensitive to disclosing the identity of a gang-member and suspected killer than of a slain productive worker?

Why would anyone care if there are economic “reasons” behind the riots in London?

Why would Theresa May think that any compact of consent exists between these savages and the London police?