The spiraling riots in Britain have elicited mocking and derisory comments from countries which are usually themselves the target of criticism from Western powers like the UK.
Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya – perhaps only half-jokingly -- called for British Prime Minister David Cameron to step down, asserting that he has "lost all legitimacy" -- a charge often leveled at Gadhafi -- because of the riots.
"Cameron and his government must leave after the popular uprising against them and the violent repression of peaceful demonstrations by police," the state news agency Jana quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaaim as saying.
"Cameron and his government have lost all legitimacy. These demonstrations show that the British people reject this government which is trying to impose itself through force."
Kaaim even asked that the “United Nations Security Council and the international community to not stay with its arms crossed in the face of the flagrant violation of the rights of the British people."
The president of Iran -- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has been repeatedly savaged by the U.S. and UK during his tenure -- turned the tables on his tormentors when he told reporters he condemned the “brutality” exhibited by British police against "opposition" protesters, according to the IRNA news agency.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe -- one of the most despised leaders on Earth, especially in the West – suggested that Britain should face its own internal problems with respect to social equality rather than impose sanctions on countries like his for human rights violations.
"Britain I understand is on fire, London especially and we hope they can extinguish their fire, pay attention to their internal problem and to that fire which is now blazing all over and leave us alone," Mugabe said.
"We do not have any fire here and we do not want them to create unnecessary problems in our country."