A Word To The Wise : Riots Are Not Jihad
This may seem like a radical statement to the Fox News-watching public who have seen headlines like "France in Flames", but the vast majority of its immigrants are proud to be French. In fact, the vast majority of Muslims in France are very happy to live in a secular society, and the current rioting is not an Islamic jihad.
All of this may make me sound like a liberal loony, but it is the truth. One e-mail I received this morning called for France and Europe to have more "cojones" in tackling the Islamic menace. The fact is that France has more experience and more "cojones" when it comes to tackling radical Islam, than any other country in Europe.
First of all, though, it pays to understand these suburbs. France's first wave of immigration from its former colonies resulted in the housing estates that we see today. The de Gaulle government created the miserable tower blocks to the north and south of Paris, and around other major French cities that we see today. Their expectation was that the immigrants would do their job and leave. At no point did de Gaulle or his government consider that the immigrants would wish to stay in France.
This in itself caused problems. The immigrants came with their families. The children of these immigrants, born on French territory, were French. They grew up between cultures - that of their family, to which the original immigrants clung on to, and that of the République, which is enforced by the state.
It gets worse. Read it all .................. it is an impossibly incoherent argument to say nothing of the 800 lb jihadi in the room.
A word to the wise, a slap at Fox News, And The One & Only Interpretation of turmoil in France...
It has nothing to do with religion? Why? Because a religion can't be based on rape, pillage, murder, slaughter, scorched earth and what have you. And if you suggest it might be, well you know what Bob Spencer says.
The subversion of authority by violent attacks against police and public services can't be religious unless the rioters are dressed in religious garb, wave a holy book in the air, and say "in the name of..." Well they often do say Allah ou akhbar but somehow that's not religious enough for some observers.
Leave religion out of it, and talk about discrimination. You want me to believe that someone is so frustrated at not getting a job that he sets a bus on fire with the people inside? And maybe the bus burner is 15 years old, and plays hooky from school. What is he frustrated about?
Police brutality. It's true, there are cases of police brutality in France. Or more exactly, there were. In the old days, when the immigrants were not so uppity. Today the brutality is directed at the police. I've heard about cases of police brutality in the past. Did policemen crush skulls with rocks? Set people on fire? Some policemen are racist. But it seems that all the punk jihadis are racist!
I coined the term punk jihadi to express the mixture between small time thuggery and traditional jihad mentality. Behind the punk jihadis stand the real McCoy. I know a story about a man who wanted to rule the world. He started small. He put together a combination of mumbo jumbo straight from heaven, and punk thugs from the "hood. His influence is still being felt!
UPDATE: I thought this was hysterical from the People's Cube;
How AP presented the story:
PARIS - Hundreds of youths from the poor, immigrant suburbs that erupted in riots last year marched through Paris Wednesday to present a collection of 20,000 complaints to lawmakers and urge the disenfranchised to make themselves heard with a vote, not violence.
The events came ahead of Friday's first anniversary of the riots by disaffected youths from the housing projects where people of Arab and black African descent live outside France's big cities. Despite an influx of funds and a glut of promises, disenchantment and anger still thrive in the tall, cinderblock towers that make up the housing projects in the troubled suburbs.
While politicians on the left have called for more government programs to integrate poor youths since the riots, the leading presidential contender on the right, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, has sought to crack down on crime and immigration and echoed slogans of the extreme right.
How it was written originally:
PARIS - Mobs of Muslim ingrates who should be in jail after last year's uproar, had the nerve to march through Paris today with a list of 20,000 complaints. Isn't it nice to come to someone else's country, live off its dwindling wealth, and march the streets with 20,000 complaints about it?
Did they also bring 20,000 job references from employers who praised their skills and motivation? Or 20,000 applications to register businesses that would provide employment and services to their neighborhoods? The march was held to encourage Muslim youths to vote instead of "blow stuff up and burn things" (BSUBT) which is their usual way to comment on social issues.
While common sense would dictate many of them should be arrested and deported immediately, these hoodlums freely marched through Paris and demanded that the government of the city they torched last year do something about the fact that they feel the need to BSUBT.
UPDATE: From No Pasaran:
5 arrests were made, including several minors. Expect France's bleeding heart preSS to go into full swing with background articles on the underprivileged childhoods of these chères têtes blondes. One father screamed "That's my son. He's 14 years old and has an alibi" as his petit bout de chou was led away. Hat tip tOm p