I'm getting tired of people claiming that the riots are 'mindless' violence. From what I have seen from this year's riots, as well as those in decades past, is that the violence has a cause and a rationale - it is anything but mindless.
Perhaps then the thugs that undoubtably come out to add to the troubles are mindless? Well they may well have different motives to those with genuine grievances and anger, but their actions are even more considered - they are out there to cause mayhem and have little else in mind. Being single minded is hardly mindless, it is perhaps the opposite.
Other than violence commited when someone is out of their mind, perhaps drugs or drink, I'm struggling to think of violent situations which have no thought behind them. Even if people would act better with hindsight, there is still a train of thought behind violence.
Let's stop using the 'mindless' word and think about a better one. Simply calling the violence mindless is er, mindless.