“Youth” riots in France
Karen writes from England:
The riots have started in France again after another incident and note how in the Daily Mail there is no mention of the race of the rioters.Richard F. writes:
I just finished watching a FoxNews segment on the overnight riots in Paris. The entire report never used the terms “Muslim” or “Arab” the entire time. Marvin Kalb was the obligatory talking head for Fox and couched all of his commentary in sympathetic terms about the French government not dealing adequately with the grievances of the “youths,” “rioters,” and “teenagers.”Well, even if the French themselves no longer care, I am still very grateful to Charles Martel for turning back that youth invasion of France in 732. If they had won, they would have forced all the French to become teenagers.
Sage McLaughlin writes:
You had me laughing pretty hard with your comment that “they would have forced all the French to become teenagers.” Funny.Karen writes:
Reading this and this, do you think these two motorbike riders deliberately drove into the police car in order to get a pretext for this outburst of violence?Hannon writes:
I noticed the Daily Mail article did provide the Arab-sounding name of the brother of one of those killed on the motorbike. One supposes they could have easily omitted this detail instead of allowing us to read between the lines based on this direct clue. What was more surprising I think is that in all of the 20 or so comments there was not one hint, not even obliquely, of consciousness that the problem falls along at least ethnic lines. These generic, mostly gutless comments were sent from France, UK, USA, Canada, etc. But we have no way of knowing what pithy comments may have been rejected by the Mail.Jeanne A. writes:
Sage commented that this type of news has him depressed. I actually find a bit of hope in it, in that I think this is the only type of thing—large scale violence of this sort from these immigrants—that will possibly wake Europe up while it is still in a position to defend itself.Sage McLaughlin replies:
In reply to Jeanne, it isn’t so much the riots themselves that cause me to despair,—though I still find little in the violence to comfort me either—but the French government’s response to them. Watching the French elite cringe and simper and call for restraint on the part of their own police forces in the face of armed Muslim aggression is more than I can take. I would take hope in all of this if the French authorities, under Sarkozy’s direction, were to crack down hard and unapologetically. But isn’t happening, and won’t.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 27, 2007 11:16 AM | Send