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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Send In The Clowns? Here They Are!

From CAIR's 8 November 2005 "Daily Whine":

U.S. Muslim group urges 'dialogue and mutual respect'

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/8/05) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on French authorities to employ "dialogue and mutual respect" in efforts to end rioting and violence in suburbs of Paris.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) joined Muslim leaders in France in calling for an immediate and peaceful end to the violence. CAIR also called for a national campaign to address the economic and social marginalization and exclusion that appear to be the root causes of the violence.

SEE: "Paris Heat Not from Muslims"

In its statement, CAIR said:

"Dialogue and mutual respect, rather than senseless violence or repressive tactics, are the only answers to social, political and economic grievances. Islam seeks just and stable societies and condemns the wanton destruction of lives and property.

"We agree with French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin who said Tuesday that, 'The struggle against all discriminations must become a priority for our national community.'

"It is imperative that people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds in France come together to help address critical issues of unemployment, alienation, racial discrimination, and social integration."


To spare readers the trouble of pursuing the article link cited in the "Daily Whine," here it is:

Paris heat not from Muslims
November 8, 2005

The violence erupting in France reflects social, not religious, grievance, reports James Button in Paris.

THEY wear hoods, baggy jeans and brand-name sneakers. Their heroes are American rappers like 50 Cent. They have begun to describe their assumed antagonists as "white". They have a particular hatred for police and when they go to fight them they say they're "dancing with wolves".

They are the young men who started the riots that have laid waste the outer suburbs of Paris, violence that is spreading across France and has now reached the heart of the nation's capital.

The riots, described as France's worst since May 1968, have been linked to the threat of radical Islam. But both descriptions are misleading. The violent unrest is better compared to the riots that burnt down African-American ghettos across the United States in the 1960s.

"It is nothing to do with radical Islam or even Muslims," says Olivier Roy, research director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research and one of the world's leading authorities on political Islam.

He says that although many rioters are from Muslim backgrounds, "these guys are building a new idea of themselves based on American street culture. It's a youth riot — they are protesting against the fact that they are supposed to be full French citizens and they are not."

While black Americans in the 1960s objected to police use of the word "boy", today's young French rioters have a similar demand: they want police to stop insulting them with use of the familiar form for you: "tu".

"The police in France are very badly trained on these issues," says Frenchman Jacques Reland, director of the European Research Forum at London's Metropolitan University. "They don't understand the culture of these estates. They are very rough and often racist."

The riots began after two teenagers were electrocuted after they fled a police identity check. An interim report has said the police did not chase the boys to their deaths.

Although unemployment in some suburban areas is as high as 40 per cent, so far the riots have lacked a political focus.

While the violence stayed out of the centre of Paris, the average French person could ignore it. One could walk boulevards at night and see the cafes full; six stops away on a suburban train the streets were in flames.

But on Saturday, the 10th night of the riots, youths whom a police chief called "prepared, structured and armed" came into the city centre and torched 51 cars, several close to the Place de la Republique, the square that is the symbolic heart of the nation.

As the riots spread they are taking on a life of their own, as young men from each suburb and even each high-rise block compete to be the toughest.

"We see what the others are up to on TV and we try to match them," said Moussa, a teenager of Malian background.

He said he and a dozen friends gathered every night to watch TV reports in their public housing estate in the western Paris suburb of Les Mureaux.

Dr Roy doesn't rule out the possibility of some of the young men turning to radical Islam. Some militant Muslims are using the riots as a recruiting tool, while others are trying to play a mediating role.

But so far the differences between the young men and the religious radicals is too great, says Dr Roy.

"Radical Islam asks these guys to give up their lives dealing drugs and going to nightclubs. Many of these guys don't want to do that. They want to have cars and girls and smoke hashish."


That article has to be true, right? They couldn't print it if it wasn't true, right? If we all deny it, then it has to false, right? Truth is just opinion, right? Marx, Foucault, and Derrida had it right, right? They didn't learn all this from us, did they? Say "Non!" S'il vous plait!


  • At Tue Nov 08, 06:33:00 PM PST, Blogger Always On Watch said…

    THEY wear hoods, baggy jeans and brand-name sneakers. Their heroes are American rappers like 50 Cent. They have begun to describe their assumed antagonists as "white". They have a particular hatred for police and when they go to fight them they say they're "dancing with wolves".
    I get it! These excellent Muslims have been corrupted by Western culture, and that's why they're torching everything they can find.

    Pardon me while I laugh at such blantant double-speak.

  • At Tue Nov 08, 06:34:00 PM PST, Blogger Always On Watch said…

    Typo! Make that "blatant."

  • At Fri Nov 11, 08:24:00 AM PST, Blogger George Mason said…

    You bet, AOW. Raphael Patai, in his book The Arab Mind does a masterful job of exposing the Arab-Islamic mode of thought. Their mode of thought fits right in with the postmodernists who infect Europe and America; they regard language not as a means of communicating concepts, but as "weapons." Their use of language and that of Islamists are superimposable, and that is one of several reasons why they make such an "unholy alliance," as David Horowitz so masterfully points out.


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