Friday, November 04, 2005

Intifada in France

They're rioting violently, shooting at cops, say their left out, disaffected. No, not Israel- France.

New York Sun Editorial, Intifada in France:

If President Chirac thought he was going to gain peace with the Muslim community in France by taking an appeasement line in the Iraq war, it certainly looks like he miscalculated. Today the streets of the French capital are looking more like Ramallah and less like the advanced, sophisticated, gay Paree image Monsieur Chirac likes to portray to the world, and the story, which is just starting to grip the world's attention, is full of ironies. One is tempted to suggest that Prime Minister Sharon send a note cautioning Monsieur Chirac about cycles of violence...

It's a barely kept secret that Mr. Chirac led the opposition to the Iraq war out of fear of how his Muslim population would react. This fear is a big part of why France portrays itself as America's counterweight and why it criticizes Israel at every turn and coddled the terrorist Yasser Arafat right up to his death. This doesn't elicit thanks from Muslim radicals in France. It turns out to project an image of weakness. Unsurprisingly when faced with some unhappiness they believe they can pressure the French state into submission.
A number of observers of the French scene have looked at population trends and suggested that France is on its way to becoming a Muslim country (one that would, let it be noted, be armed with hydrogen bombs)....
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 1:42 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riots in France? Why, I'm shocked? Let's see, France is a country with a negligible Jewish population, notoriously antisemitic populace, pro-Palestinian, anti-American and anti-Iraq war. What more could they have done to make the Arabs like them?

2:23 AM  

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