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Friday, November 04, 2005

Is Paris Burning?

The Swoon of Ages, It shall Burst, and Fill the World with Cleansing Fire; It must, It will--It may not be restrained!
The Revolt of Islam, Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

Today is a significant anniversary in world history, in many ways more important than Dec. 7th or August 6th. On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran and took approximately seventy Americans captive. This terrorist act triggered the most profound crisis of the Carter presidency and began a personal ordeal for Jimmy Carter and the American people that lasted 444 days. This was the beginning of the , the War of Terror on the part of the Muslim world. For us, it seemed an incident. In the eyes of Muslims worldwide, it progressed through embassy bombings, ship bombings, building bombings, suicide bombings, until finally our attention was captured on Sept.1, 2001. It is sobering to think that the young soldiers in Iraq, and indeed most young adults in their 20's and 30's, have never known a world without this threat.

While the United States is a primary locus of the intifada, Europe is not immune. There were the bombings in Madrid, and the attack in London this year. Now, is becomeing engulfed in terror and conflict.

Recently, Roger L. Simon featured an email on his blog from an American, Paul Cruce, who writes
The Frog Blog of Louis Lavache (in happier times, featuring explanations of French culture, photos of Paris and recipes) Cruce wrote about his experiences with the French, and the turning tide back to America HERE. Porcupine was interested in his point of view, and wrote to him as he is an ordinary person in an extraordinary place. From what he had heard, what triggered these riots? To be sure, the Muslim ghettos circling Paris have been festering and growing worse for years, but what was the trigger? Was it France’s recent legislation against headscarves? Was there a Rodney King, as it were? Cruce was kind enough to reply in detail, and this is his answer to that question.

Cruce spoke to the long festering problem, "A significant part of the current problems may be laid at the feet of Socialist former Prime Minister Jospin. When he initiated the 35 hour work week, French businesses took advantage of the new law and "broomed" their least productive workers - who were, you guessed it - largely Black, Muslim and/or black Muslim. So just as in the U.S. where every raise in the minimum wage creates more unemployment, the 35 hour work week had the same result here....The "official" unemployment rate is 9.8%, but what I am hearing here (and I have two friends who work in the government) is that the real number is 12.5%. The 23% figure for the young in the former "red belt" (the suburbs of Paris which had Socialist and Communist officials, now turned into slums) is more truly 25% or higher."

As to the immediate cause of the violence, “What isn't being reported is that the two kids who were electrocuted were on railway tracks "tagging." Graffiti is out of control here. In my post on my blog about the Gare de Lyon, I had to change the position of the shot I took of the three TGVs because they had been so horribly tagged. (See here). The trains here are all electric, so if you are going to be tagging trains or train stations, a favorite pastime of the unemployed black, Muslim, and black Muslim kids here, you are going to be walking and crawling around the power sources for the trains. Despite the denials that the police were chasing them, it seems likely that the police caught them and gave chase. They tried to hide in a transformer box and got fried.” So this was the spark that set off 9 days of violent rioting, to date.

“There is a rising tide of anger by the native French population against Muslim lawlessness, and ‘Sarko,’(Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkosky, who is the head of police in the same way the Home Office is in Britain) whether he is being opportunistic or acting out of principal, is generally showing the spine needed to address this growing threat. Tuesday night in Clichy-sous-Bois a white family, a man, his wife and daughter were out for an evening stroll. (I won't speculate on why, giving the riots over the previous five nights, they thought they could do this.) The white trio was attacked by a group of black Muslims - apparently the white family's only sin was their color - and the man was beaten to death. Last weekend, a man carrying a digital camera in Epinay-sous-Sènart on the south-east near where I am staying in Mandres-les-Roses, was set upon by a trio of black Muslims who demanded his camera. He wasn't quick enough and was also beaten and stomped to death. Paris is abuzz with these outrages, and I think the criminals are creating a huge backlash for themselves. I am hearing a lot of talk this morning about forcing the government to deport the illegal Muslims, black or otherwise. The French are beginning to want them OUT. People in Paris are PO'd today. I usually avoid even abbreviations like that, but it is really descriptive of the mood.”
Now, reports are that the rioting has spread beyond Paris, HERE, although the main official response seems to be that tourists are safe, and move along, there’s nothing to see here (There wasn’t in Watts in 1965, either).

Today, November 4th, marks the beginning of the War on Terror against the west. France, which worked harder to be conciliatory with Islam than any other European nation, is paying the price for trying appeasement in place of self-defense. Today, three men were arrested in London with plans to blow up the White House and U.S. Congress. Amreican media noted this by doing stories on a missing girl in Aruba, the Libby indictment, and vulgar tee-shirts.

We need to recognize that this war is only partly on Iraqi soil, and pay our opponents the respect of taking them seriously. Even as the intelligentsia sneers at Homeland Security and terror alerts, the Paris that is burning is in France, not Kentucky or Maine or Texas.


Blogger delite said...

Turn the bloody music down..the lawnlord said it dude..
I'm a Republician but I'll swing either way!! ;)

1:59 AM  
Blogger Louis la Vache said...

Bonjour de Paris, Monsieur Porc-épic! (That's Porcupine to you, Yank!)

Another night of rioting - and it has spread not only to Rouen in Normandie, which distresses me because of my Norman roots, but also to Lille in the north, Dijon in the east, and (not unexpectedly because of it's proximity to the Mediterranean) Marsailles. Nice and Rennes were also hit.

I am amazed - astounded, actually at how ChIRAQ's government cannot come to grips with this. With the exception of "Sarko," the government has been a perfect example of the "deer in the headlights" syndrome. "Sarko" is the only one with the clue that this calls for a hard crackdown. In the meantime, the vile de Villepin and the corrupt ChIRAQ make Neville Chamberlain-like appeasement noises - and another city goes up in flames. I thought the government would coalesce around "Sarko," but that hasn't happened. de Villepin can't put his jealousy of "Sarko" aside and do the right thing. ChIRAQ hasn't a clue what to do.

I think the government are going to be forced to bring the Army in to restore order. The Police Nationale are doing their best, but they really don't have the training or equipment to address what is in reality now a civil war.

At first the rioting seemed to be spontaneous and involved mostly the drug culture subclass that has ruled the housing projects for years. Now the rioting seems to be more organised and (SPECULATION ALERT) I wonder if now the rioters are getting "help" from Iran and al-Qaeda. A week ago, I think that while the rioters were nominally muslim, they were secular muslim. So the rioting then wasn't about race or religion, it was pure criminality. I think that has changed.

ChIRAQ and de Villepin dither and France burns.
Quelle dommage.

3:04 AM  
Blogger Peter Porcupine said...

An enclave of Muslims in DENMARK of all places have taken over a neighborhood, and are demanding that all non-Musims leave.

This 'spontenaity' is disturbing.

3:55 AM  
Blogger Peter Porcupine said...

Bon l'apres-midi, M. LaVache! Another thought -

Another blog suggested that part of the paralyzed response was due to the fact that so many of the French officials were involved in the 1968 Student Riots, and feel hypocritical quashing a demonstration 'of the people', etc. Rather like an old hippie telling his kid not to smoke pot.

Could this contribute to the dithering?

4:52 PM  
Blogger Michael said...


Interesting article

There were also Muslim riots in the Lozells area of the English city of Birmingham recently. If you google it you should find some more info.

Feel free to check out my blog sometime




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