Amid London's Riots, a Simple Plea for Peace

LONDON - "Death to America," a wild-eyed man hissed at us on the street on our first afternoon in London. But even with Wall Street in a tailspin, it wasn't the U.S. that was about to ignite.

London was burning. Riots that began in a neighborhood where police had fatally shot a man would, over the next few nights, spread not just across the capital but to several other cities in England. In spring, images of the royal wedding - the kind of precision pageantry the Brits are so good at - had flashed across the globe. Now those scenes were being replaced by ones of masked youths burning and looting stores with seeming impunity.

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