John on October 17, 2006 at 12:41 am
Nearly one year ago, I wrote a bit about riots in France. At the time, Muslim “youths” were destroying several hundred cars a night and starting fights with police. I ended my post with this sentence:
It will be interesting to see if the French people reconsider the wisdom of their leaders and their smug anti-Americanism when Paris is burning.
Well, Paris isn’t burning quite yet, but the situation has not improved either, as this story in the Washinton Times makes clear:
France’s Interior Ministry said 2,500 police officers had been “wounded” this year. The head of the hard-line trade union “Action Police” Michel Thooris wrote to Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy to describe conditions in housing developments turned slums as “intifada.” Police cruisers are pelted daily with stones and “Molotov cocktails” (gasoline-filled bottles with burning wicks that explode on impact) and Mr. Thooris said cops assigned to what was rapidly degenerating into “free fire zones” should be protected in armored vehicles. Entire tall buildings empty into the streets to chase police and free an arrested comrade.
“We are in a state of civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists,” Mr. Thooris told journalists. Mr. Sarkozy, the leading center-right candidate for next year’s presidential election, responded by dispatching cops in body armor, equipped with automatic weapons and rubber bullets, stun and teargas grenades into several Paris suburbs with orders to “restore control” from “organized crime.” In one recent clash 250 cops dispersed a 100-strong Muslim gang armed with baseball bats.
The chaotic conditions in suburbs like Clichy-sous-Bois, Montfermeil and St. Denis have progressively worsened since the nationwide Muslim riots last November that torched 10,000 vehicles.
And the violence taking place is not only directed at police:
Anti-Semitic incidents have proliferated in France in recent times…A Jewish sports club in Toulouse attacked with Molotov cocktails; in Bondy, 15 men beat up members of a Jewish soccer team with metal bars and sticks; a bus that takes Jewish children to school in Aubervilliers attacked three times in the last 14 months; synagogues in Strasbourg and Marseilles and a Jewish school in Creteil firebombed in recent weeks; in Toulouse, a gunman opened fire — all ignored in mainstream U.S. media.
The metropolitan Paris police tabulated 10 to 12 anti-Jewish incidents per day in the last 30 days throughout the country.
No, not burning yet, but that day is coming. And when it does, the French will do what they do best…surrender. Can the rest of Europe be far behind?
[HT: Pearcey Report]
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