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Monday, November 7, 2005


I find it interesting that the nation that has bent over backwards to appease the "Muslim Street" now finds its streets filled with un-appeased Muslims. Then one remembers that France has tried appeasement before and found its street filled with un-appeased Germans. As Mark Steyn noted in his column yesterday:
Ever since 9/11, I've been gloomily predicting the European powder keg's about to go up. ''By 2010 we'll be watching burning buildings, street riots and assassinations on the news every night,'' I wrote in Canada's Western Standard back in February.

Silly me. The Eurabian civil war appears to have started some years ahead of my optimistic schedule.

After four somnolent years, it turns out finally that there really is an explosive ''Arab street,'' but it's in Clichy-sous-Bois.

Unlike America's Europhiles, France's Arab street correctly identified Chirac's opposition to the Iraq war for what it was: a sign of weakness.
I take no joy in the trouble France is facing. In fact I'm worried that they won't be able to contain it. Worse yet, I fear they will panic and try to frantically and forcefully contain it and cause it to spread to the disaffected, un-matriculated, un-appeaseable Muslim masses in neighboring countries. As Prince Metternich said: "When Paris sneezes, Europe catches cold."
What really shook the French government, and badly, was its inability to contain the metastasizing anger. Decades of French policies intended to force the integration of immigrants and their children—and children's children—into French society had failed, and no Plan B was apparent. Fears also grew that in the age of terror, rage like this could swell the ranks of radical Islamists in the heart of Europe.

In Clichy-sous-Bois, where it all began, calm was restored after the fourth night by young men from the local mosque. The government was thankful and hopes similar measures can work elsewhere. Some analysts are wary. Calling on mosques to restore order "validates the postulate that Islam is the answer to everything," says Dounia Bouzar, author of several books on French Muslims.
At the same time though I feel like doing my "I Told You So" dance to the tune of April Jihad in Paris. France - and to be fair, most other western nations as well - always makes the mistake of thinking that enemies of Western Civilization, democracy, and liberty can be reasoned with; that a passive "live and let live" attitude will shield them from the insanity of an angry "ism" on the loose. But that isn't true. Whether it be Fascism or Islamism - what is sought is the subjugation of the individual, the stifling of liberty, and eradication of dissent.

Gay Patriot quotes Charles de Gaulle on his blog yesterday:

I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being French. — Charles de Gaulle
Anyone got a ton of bricks we can drop on Chirac and De Villepin?


Anonymous 11/07/2005 12:22:00 PM  

I've read, to my utter dismay, columnists describing the riots in France as the desire of these Muslim youths for recognition. Just how much recognition is ever given to non-Muslims in Muslim-dominated parts of the world? I come from the third world and have seen these Islamists at their worst in my country. They cannot be appeased. They have a mandate from their god to destroy all infidels - and that means all non-Muslims. They have largely succeeded in the third world because they have petrodollars from Saudi Arabia and Iran backing their numerous Mujahheddeen movements in impoverished societies. Their strategy is to lie low when they are an insignificant minority, but they begin violent campaigns whenever they populate any community significantly enough. Their real strength in the West, however, lies in the failure of Western governments, for political reasons, to see that these criminals cannot be reasoned with. France is just the beginning.
For all we know, this may signal the beginning of the end of Western civilization. Wake up, Europe! Wake up, America! You are under attack.

bhoygary 11/07/2005 06:38:00 PM  

Bloody anonymous idiot. Wake up yourself. It's not the sound of bombing it's your alarm clock buzzing

Kevin 11/08/2005 09:07:00 AM  

I hate anonymous posts too. If you have something to say - be man enough to put your name after it. I'd like to stop them, but I don't really want to censor the comments.

sic semper tyrannis 11/14/2005 08:19:00 PM  

Its all about the Money. What money represents is Employment, economic freedom, and economic viability.

Employment is more than what we do to earn money. For most of us, it defines who we are. A person without a job, or career is missing an important part of their adult life.

Economic freedom is the ability to Choose. Better Government housing, better Government cheese, better mass transportation is not CHOICE. Choice is when you can actually decide where and how you live without Government assistance.

Economic viablity, the ability to accumulate wealth and the ability to own property are basic freedoms we take for granted. The ability to pass something on the the next generation has improved the human condition for the pass century.

Socialist France has done nothing but create a system of universal mediocracy.

Case in point. I cannot spell, but I am worth more and make more money than 90% of all the people in France. Gotta love it!

So, I have mixed emotions. Do I condemn the rioters for being typical muslims. Or do I applaud them for recognizing that until they throw off the bondage of Socialism Their futures will always belong to the Government.

No socialist program ever invented or implemented in the history of the world has done more for the improvement of man than Capitalism.

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