|How will France respond to this?
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GLOOM & DOOM ON THE SEINE [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader waxing Derbish:
Most people are averting their eyes from this, for the simple reason that it is too horrible to contemplate. Probably 10% of the French population is Moslem; if this is what happens in a country where the children of Mohammed reach or exceed that percentage, then all of Europe is going to be going down the same road in the next five years.
Nobody working for any magazine or newspaper or network really wants
to contemplate this, because among other things it means that the
very idea of muliticulturalism is simply wrong: there are some
cultures that cannot co-exist with such fundamental Western concepts
as "free speech". Given that multiculturalism is itself a
fundamental piece of the liberal world view, giving it up is very
much akin to giving up one's religion, faith in Mom's apple pie,
or something equally basic.
I suspect that some people will literally prefer to risk death
over giving up their faith in multiculteralism. Unhappily for the
rest of us, the riots in France, the situation in parts of Malmo,
and other indicators in Europe strongly suggest that by refusing
to give up the multi-culti dream, they are causing all of the
rest of us to risk death as well.
Did you read Frum's column today? How about McCarthy's? If not,
take a few moments and do so, and let McCarthy's last question
rattle around for a while...
FRANCE AGONISTES [Jonah Goldberg]
I haven't posted anything on it because, well, I dunno why. But I think the French riots are fascinating, disturbing, important and a sign of troubles to come. I was listening to the BBC in the car this afternoon and some folks are really likening it to a full on rebellion, using words like sedition and whatnot. The French has a big complicated problem on their hands and my guess is things will get even uglier before things get better.
RE: FRANCE AGONISTES [Rod Dreher]
Jonah, I got an e-mail today from a friend in Paris subject-lined, "It's started." He was referring to the Muslim riots in the Parisian suburbs. This is something that the French have anticipated for a long time, and planned for. I don't think the French authorities are going to put up with this for much longer, and I would guess that if things don't settle down in a couple of days, we will see the authorities move in with serious force. The rest of Europe has got to be watching all this amid shudders. We all should be. Your reader is quite right: elites in this country -- especially those of us who work in the MSM -- refuse to ask the hard questions about Islam and the West because we are afraid that the answers will shatter the icon of multiculturalism. As the Dutch learned one year ago today when Theo van Gogh was ritually slaughtered by a Muslim extremist on an Amsterdam street, reality eventually has a way of grabbing one by the scruff of one's neck and rubbing one's nose in it.
And good old National Public radio being politically correct on the Islamic menace within France:
DITTO ROD'S POINT @ FRENCH RIOTING [Meghan Cox Gurdon]
Earlier this evening I listened to an NPR report about the French riots, and it wasn't until well into the reported piece-- not in the intro, not in the first 2 minutes of the piece -- that there was the slightest mention of who, actually, was rioting. When it came, it referred to the rioters, saying "their parents came to France from North Africa in the decades following the second world war.."
It was all phrased according to the usual "failure of french society to assimilate..." model.
Speechwriter David "Axis of Evil" Frum:
HIghlight:Muslims find it difficult to assume minority status in a majority non-Muslim society. More than other minority communities, they constantly, sometimes subconsciously, strive to redress the balance and assume an expanding and dominant position in their host countries.”
Like a plague of locusts, devouring everything in their paths.
And finally, ANdrew McCarthy, the man who put the Blind Sheikh from WTC 1 in jail:
Anything unclear about this coming plague, worse than the avian flu perhaps? Dhimmitude awaits thoses that dont fight back - ask the Indians, or all of the Jews and Christians in Arab lands today.