Of course I am going to sound ignorant, insensitive and probably asking for trouble. I know not much about what's going on in London's riot other that what I read on the news. I don't live there, I've never been there. The only thing I can use is my imagination and references from other parts of the human history. As far as I understand, the riot is not because of conflict in political ideology like the Chinese Tian An Men incident in '89, or the Libyan rebels against the Gaddafi rule. It's basically a bunch of losers who don't have the guts to stand on their own and took advantage of the situation, causing chaos like a bunch of roaches. For Britain, a nation with one of the oldest contemporary justice system, this is not something to be proud of. It goes to show how fragile the system really is. Not saying that this is unique to Britain, the same can be said for many European cities with similar struggles. So if you are the prime minister, or whatever the highest power is, would you call for Martial Law and put this thing behind in a swift and stern manner, in order to restore the confidence of the good people? Will this be more of an insult that can be seen as "oh, the British social system failed and they had to resort to martial law", or could it be seen as the British government's ability to recognize the appropriate necessary actions for the best long term out come? I don't even know if martial law is going to do the job. Obviously martial law isn't going to resolve social differences and issues, but it keeps unnecessary noise to the minimum, a moment of silence for people to rethink the situation. Britain isn't run by crazy power hungry dictators or wannabies. I don't think martial law will be a threat to the British people. To me it is just very sad to see humans taking the route of causing pain in the others just for their ...... I don't know. There isn't even a good reason for the riot. I see London as a cultural icon, birth place of the Beetles, and I hope the looters aren't taking any of this away.