"This is criminality, pure and simple."Well, maybe. But probably not.
One of the few lessons I have learned over my six decades and more is that matters such as those afflicting English cities over the past few nights are seldom simple, neither in their cause nor in their cure. Those who are certain in their opinions about complex social and criminal phenomena are invariably up a gum tree.
So, if it can be done sensibly, restore order to the streets, but distrust anyone who claims to have the answer.