Vigilantism as sure as night follows day

nooseNo one’s suggesting here that this is what we should do – most of us believe in the rule of law, not laws and not lawlessness.

Trouble is, we’re moving to a point where, as this Iceland Review article below states, “It seems that many people don’t consider the measures or punishment executed by police and law as satisfactory.”

She’s absolutely right – the way the law is now applied, the way the banksters now decree what passes for bankrupt and what does not, the way the State is acting to enslave, the way 1200 people can die in the NHS and no regulator does anything whatever, the way crims are let off and ordinary people punished – these things are going to cause vigilantism and though the Icelandic case seems extreme, I’d like to remind you of Sherlock Holmes in His Last Bow, where a private citizen took it into his hands to right an invasive wrong.

The wrongdoer had just protested his treatment by the Englishman:

“What about your government and all this treatment?” said Holmes, tapping the valise.

“You are a private individual. You have no warrant for my arrest. The whole proceeding is absolutely illegal and outrageous.”

“Absolutely,” said Holmes.

“Kidnapping a German subject.”

“And stealing his private papers.”

“Well, you realize your position, you and your accomplice here. If I were to shout for help as we pass through the village–“

“My dear sir, if you did anything so foolish you would probably enlarge the too limited titles of our village inns by giving us ‘The Dangling Prussian’ as a signpost. The Englishman is a patient creature, but at present his temper is a little inflamed, and it would be as well not to try him too far.

And that’s what the Icelandic article is about. The girl, naturally, is steeped in the narrative and decries vigilantism but my point is that certain things follow as night follows day in the big bad real world.

For example, the behaviour of the modern woman and leftists is causing rape and violence and her own disempowerment and loss of respect from men, causing rape and violence. Similarly, the way those up top are acting, the way petty officials throughout the land are acting – that leads to vigilantism.

Sooner or later, the first Westminster politician will be assassinated and then it’s on for young and old. The Englishman [and woman] is a patient creature and puts up with a hell of a lot before he snaps and then you don’t want to be the focus of his wrath. Be warned Cameron, Barosso et al.

Here is her article unabridged:

Over the past years I’ve come to notice a worrying trend here in Iceland. A trend that some people probably won’t dare to talk about publicly. I’m talking about vigilantism, something one certainly wouldn’t connect with Iceland.

On multiple occasions I’ve experienced that people here take the law into their own hands. It seems that many people don’t consider the measures or punishment executed by police and law as satisfactory.

And by vigilantism I’m talking about having certain people beaten up or threatened. If you piss off the wrong people, they will call somebody who will teach you a lesson.

I had one of my first experiences with this practice a few years ago, when my former boss and owner of the bar I worked at went bankrupt, cheated a lot of employees of their money and ended up owing a lot of people a lot of money. This shady guy “fell down the stairs.”

Another incident happened at another bar I used to work. Some drugged-up maniac went crazy attacking a few guests. So a few calls were made to ensure he wouldn’t ever come back. I can only imagine what that means.

And these cases are not exceptions.

If you become victim of any kind of injustice, it is not so difficult to find the culprit as Reykjavík (and anywhere else in Iceland) is a rather small and tight-knit community.

Somebody is harassing you, you call somebody to teach the thug a lesson. Somebody owes you money or stole your car? No matter if you need a debt paid or just revenge, all you need to do is make that call.

In public this vigilante practice is of course not accepted, but behind closed doors some people seek this form of extrajudicial punishment.

I argued about this with some Icelandic friends of mine as I am still shocked and appalled by this frontier justice every time I come across it. To me, taking the law into one’s own hands is just inappropriate, a relic of the Wild West, and I don’t find it acceptable for an advanced Western country like Iceland in the 21st century.

One should leave punishment up to the legal authorities.

My friends disagreed with me because the authorities never take the appropriate measures, according to them. “The police don’t do anything. They won’t help you” is an argument I’ve heard very often in the almost seven years that I’ve lived here.

It seems that many Icelanders don’t have any trust in their police or the legal system and therefore just “solve” their issues among themselves.

Granted, from my personal experience I can say that I do not have much faith in the Icelandic police either as they seem to be infuriatingly passive when it matters.

And talking about insufficient punishment—a few court decisions of late have caused public outcry such as the more than pathetic verdict by the Supreme Court in a case of sexual assault. Reading this article by Iceland Review guest contributor Herdís Helga Schopka shows perfectly why people feel let down by the legal system and why they feel like they need to take matters into their own hands.

I can really understand the wish for revenge (as petty as it may be) and the need for real justice.

But hiring a bunch of thugs to physically hurt somebody else cannot be the answer. I mean, this is Iceland (Iceland, the world’s most peaceful country with a very low crime rate) in 2013, for crying out loud, not some mafia infested, gun-slinging place.

I guess those vigilante methods are an inheritance of the Icelandic Viking ancestors.

Does the end justify the means?

Does the end justify the means? It might be wrong, it might be right, but as sure as night follows day, it’s going to happen unless those above reverse their policies now.

5 comments for “Vigilantism as sure as night follows day

  1. Derek
    February 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

    We already have vigilantism here. In parts of London, Moslem thugs have been reported attacking those who they percieve as being “unislamic”. The police have taken token action, but will not do any thing to actually stop it. Of course, if the English started doing a bit of vigilantism the police would stamp it out immediately.

  2. Bunny
    February 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Politicians are seen as remote and unrepresentative, the same goes for the police force, to paraphrase the song ‘Things are going to get worse’.

  3. Tatty
    February 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Not a new thing though, is it, (?) and it surprises me that anyone is surprised it’s becoming more mainstream. What a sheltered life some must lead. Round these ‘ere parts vigilantism is even fairly respectable since it’s actually licensed and to some extent regulated.

    Both commercial shops and private homes…. both empty and occupied…display signs proclaiming they are protected by at least 3 different “Security” firms. They are never burgled or vandalised.

    Every single private cab driver I know carries the business card of these same firms sellotaped to the drivers sun visor. Your fare starts getting nowty ? A quick flip down of the visor and… if they recognise the name of the firm and know what’s good for them…they instantly behave and always pay up. If they don’t then they soon learn, the hard way.

    As with most things in life the case has always been: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know 😉

    • Paul
      February 28, 2013 at 12:49 am

      I get the impression it’s like that in Northern Ireland. If you don’t pay you fare, or you act up, the paramilitaries will come after you. (These are the people that control the drug markets, and extract protection money, and run prostitution rings, and so on.)

  4. Falco
    February 25, 2013 at 8:13 am

    “Iceland, the world’s most peaceful country with a very low crime rate”

    “hiring a bunch of thugs to physically hurt somebody”

    Of course Correlation ≠ Causation but well worth investigating.

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