November 13, 2005

Quote of the Day: On the French Reality We Haven’t Heard About

Filed under: Economy,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:01 pm

From Nidra Poller at the indispensable Tech Central Station (bolds are mine):

A reporter interviews a man standing in front of a mosque in full Islamist regalia and politely relays his complaints. Do readers know that these offended Islamists are calling for the de-Zionization of France? And the defeat of the United States of America? No offense meant there! Do readers understand that the banlieues are being shaped into a foreign and hostile nation?

….. The uprising began on October 27. But Jean-Claude Ivroas, a 56-year-old salesman for a company that markets urban lighting fixtures, was already dead in what might be treated as an “unrelated incident.” Monsieur Ivroas stopped on a street in Epinay-sur-Seine to take a picture of a lamppost. Three residents of the banlieue accosted him, grabbed his camera and, when he resisted, beat him to death in 90 seconds.

Riots broke out later that day in Clichy-sous-Bois, another neighborhood in the same department, familiarly known as the 9 cubed (93) after its department code. Three French Muslim kids who thought they were being pursued by the police scaled a high wall and landed inside a high-voltage relay station marked with all the appropriate signs of lethal danger; two were electrocuted, the third was badly burned. In the flash of a second the word went out that the innocent victims were martyrs of police harassment. It happens all the time. Kids steal a car, the police go after them, the kids drive like madmen, crash into a tree or a wall or another car, and get killed. Within hours the riots begin. Cars, buses, and police stations are torched. The riot police are attacked. Sooner or later calm is restored.

So it is not surprising that when President Jacques Chirac finally reacted after six days of outrageous violence, he begged for the restoration of calm. The calm he yearns for was marked by a rising tide of violence, including the torching of 20,000 cars in a year.

Ten days after the kickoff in Clichy-sous-Bois, the rioting has spread all over France and into other European countries. The normal reaction would be to declare martial law and impose a strict curfew. By failing to take these steps and instead shifting the blame from the rioters to presidential hopeful Sarkozy, the French government is opening a boulevard to further and ever more lethal unrest.

The banlieues are not equivalent to American inner cities. This is not a replay of “the fire next time.” The outcome will not be the kind of affirmative action that brought black stockbrokers to Wall Street and black actors to starring roles in TV commercials and sitcoms. What we are seeing is a jihad-style insurgency waged against a country that has fervently fostered the Eurabian fusion project.


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