November 10, 2005
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Jihad, - Or, Whats good for the goose, is good for the gander!
This interesting article was kindly forwarded to us from "the Raphi." What the French have been preaching to the Israelis, when turned around to apply to themselves, just might not sound like a poison pill that they themselves wish to swallow!
With the Muslim uprising continuing in France, one can only begin to wonder what might happen if France were to adopt the same dogma it preaches to Israel in dealing with its intifadah.Muslims have been living in France for at least forty years. Are they not now to be treated as an indigenous population? Surely France must stop oppressing this population and recognize their legitimate right to self determination.
Though they burn cars, destroy property and fire at police officers, these misunderstood Muslims are not terrorists; they are freedom fighters. The French have a moral obligation to engage them in negotiations. An international conference should be convened to bring the parties together. Perhaps a road map to peace ought to be drawn up by the quartet.
These rioters are also in need of adequate representation. France should immediately arrange for the importation of their revolutionary leadership. Muslims must be given civil autonomy over their communities; this will necessitate the French to train and arm their militia which of course will be exclusively used for defensive purposes.
As a goodwill measure to bolster their leadership's standing, Paris must immediately release all treasonous Muslims who may have been convicted of criminal or civil offences.
Merely having their civilian population under siege by marauding gangs does not give the French the right to retaliate. This would only encourage the cycle of violence. Better to have a few hundred dead or maimed French citizens than risk the humiliation of these people. Being under fire is no excuse to stop the negotiating process, if anything; it ought to encourage the French to carve out a deal more quickly. Continue reading...
A good companion piece to Raphi's article appeared in the Jerusalem Post on November 7:
The firebombers and marauders in today's riots do not feel any significant commonality with the people they are rioting against. As Theodore Dalrymple explained in his Autumn 2002 City Journal essay, The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris, the Muslim youth rioting today feel nothing but nihilistic or Islamic hatred and alienation from their country and their countrymen. In his words, "They are of France, but not French." Dalrymple explained that the bloated French welfare state houses, clothes, feeds and pays its unassimilated immigrant communities in a manner that enables disaffected youth to "enjoy a far higher standard of living (or consumption) than they would in countries of their parents' or grandparents' origin, even if they labored there 14 hours a day to the maximum of their capacity."Read the rest...
At the same time, he observed that in the ghetto housing projects that ring the major cities of France where these rioting young men live, "The state, while concerning itself with the details of their housing, their education, their medical care, and the payment of subsidies for them to do nothing, abrogates its responsibility completely in the one area in which the state's responsibility is absolutely inalienable: law and order." Today both the absence of law and order and the total alienation of the burgeoning Muslim immigrant population of France have coalesced in a manner and an intensity that has motivated some observers to write of the violence of the past week and a half as "the fall of France." France has fallen, these mordant observers tell us, because the multicultural overlords of the French chattering and governing classes are unable to muster the will to contend with either the problem of violence or with the problem of social alienation.
I think you'll enjoy the comments there, as well.
Cross-posted by Hyscience
Posted by Richard at November 10, 2005 10:26 PM