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"Wake up, Europe, you've a war on your hands

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Marxist Socialist governments are weak, period, their only strength being to protect government bureaucrats at the top of the food chain, not productive citizens upon who backs these "benevolent" governments are perpetuated. 
Such is being played out in France where immigrating cultures were allowed to retain their individuality and not adapt to their host country.  Huge mistake but socialists never want to take a stand on anything for fear of hurting someone's feelings. 
Refer you to "Eurabia" for history of how it was brought about:
 
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=15044
Support of legal and illegal immigrants was foisted upon the backs of productive citizens in the form of welfare.  Children born of these illegals became French citizens by birth which prevented the families from being deported. 
We're seeing a glaring example of where socialism in all its glory leads .... to the destruction of national infrastructure, industries and business which supported the ungrateful who seem to believe they should be granted ownership of the entire nation and everything contained within it.... just because they're demanding it.... also by action saying "if I can't have it then you're not going to have it either."
There seems to be a  lesson for us in what's being played out in the established socialist government of France ....and that might be to not be herded by our own Marxist liberals who seem to base life on hallucinations of how great it will be when socialism is established as their Utopian goal for the US. 
Betcha the French citizenry don't think it's so great right about now.
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"Wake up, Europe, you've a war on your hands

November 6, 2005

BY MARK STEYN SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST




Ever since 9/11, I've been gloomily predicting the European powder keg's about to go up. ''By 2010 we'll be watching burning buildings, street riots and assassinations on the news every night,'' I wrote in Canada's Western Standard back in February.

Silly me. The Eurabian civil war appears to have started some years ahead of my optimistic schedule. As Thursday's edition of the Guardian reported in London: ''French youths fired at police and burned over 300 cars last night as towns around Paris experienced their worst night of violence in a week of urban unrest.''

''French youths,'' huh? You mean Pierre and Jacques and Marcel and Alphonse? Granted that most of the "youths" are technically citizens of the French Republic, it doesn't take much time in les banlieus of Paris to discover that the rioters do not think of their primary identity as ''French'': They're young men from North Africa growing ever more estranged from the broader community with each passing year and wedded ever more intensely to an assertive Muslim identity more implacable than anything you're likely to find in the Middle East. After four somnolent years, it turns out finally that there really is an explosive ''Arab street,'' but it's in Clichy-sous-Bois.

The notion that Texas neocon arrogance was responsible for frosting up trans-Atlantic relations was always preposterous, even for someone as complacent and blinkered as John Kerry. If you had millions of seething unassimilated Muslim youths in lawless suburbs ringing every major city, would you be so eager to send your troops into an Arab country fighting alongside the Americans? For half a decade, French Arabs have been carrying on a low-level intifada against synagogues, kosher butchers, Jewish schools, etc. The concern of the political class has been to prevent the spread of these attacks to targets of more, ah, general interest. They seem to have lost that battle. Unlike America's Europhiles, France's Arab street correctly identified Chirac's opposition to the Iraq war for what it was: a sign of weakness.

The French have been here before, of course. Seven-thirty-two. Not 7:32 Paris time, which is when the nightly Citroen-torching begins, but 732 A.D. -- as in one and a third millennia ago. By then, the Muslims had advanced a thousand miles north of Gibraltar to control Spain and southern France up to the banks of the Loire. In October 732, the Moorish general Abd al-Rahman and his Muslim army were not exactly at the gates of Paris, but they were within 200 miles, just south of the great Frankish shrine of St. Martin of Tours. Somewhere on the road between Poitiers and Tours, they met a Frankish force and, unlike other Christian armies in Europe, this one held its ground ''like a wall . . . a firm glacial mass,'' as the Chronicle of Isidore puts it. A week later, Abd al-Rahman was dead, the Muslims were heading south, and the French general, Charles, had earned himself the surname ''Martel'' -- or ''the Hammer.''

Poitiers was the high-water point of the Muslim tide in western Europe. It was an opportunistic raid by the Moors, but if they'd won, they'd have found it hard to resist pushing on to Paris, to the Rhine and beyond. ''Perhaps,'' wrote Edward Gibbon in The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, ''the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mahomet.'' There would be no Christian Europe. The Anglo-Celts who settled North America would have been Muslim. Poitiers, said Gibbon, was ''an encounter which would change the history of the whole world.''

Battles are very straightforward: Side A wins, Side B loses. But the French government is way beyond anything so clarifying. Today, a fearless Muslim advance has penetrated far deeper into Europe than Abd al-Rahman. They're in Brussels, where Belgian police officers are advised not to be seen drinking coffee in public during Ramadan, and in Malmo, where Swedish ambulance drivers will not go without police escort. It's way too late to rerun the Battle of Poitiers. In the no-go suburbs, even before these current riots, 9,000 police cars had been stoned by ''French youths'' since the beginning of the year; some three dozen cars are set alight even on a quiet night. ''There's a civil war under way in Clichy-sous-Bois at the moment,'' said Michel Thooris of the gendarmes' trade union Action Police CFTC. ''We can no longer withstand this situation on our own. My colleagues neither have the equipment nor the practical or theoretical training for street fighting.''

What to do? In Paris, while ''youths'' fired on the gendarmerie, burned down a gym and disrupted commuter trains, the French Cabinet split in two, as the ''minister for social cohesion'' (a Cabinet position I hope America never requires) and other colleagues distance themselves from the interior minister, the tough-talking Nicolas Sarkozy who dismissed the rioters as ''scum.'' President Chirac seems to have come down on the side of those who feel the scum's grievances need to be addressed. He called for ''a spirit of dialogue and respect.'' As is the way with the political class, they seem to see the riots as an excellent opportunity to scuttle Sarkozy's presidential ambitions rather than as a call to save the Republic.

A few years back I was criticized for a throwaway observation to the effect that ''I find it easier to be optimistic about the futures of Iraq and Pakistan than, say, Holland or Denmark." But this is why. In defiance of traditional immigration patterns, these young men are less assimilated than their grandparents. French cynics like the prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, have spent the last two years scoffing at the Bush Doctrine: Why, everyone knows Islam and democracy are incompatible. If so, that's less a problem for Iraq or Afghanistan than for France and Belgium.

If Chirac isn't exactly Charles Martel, the rioters aren't doing a bad impression of the Muslim armies of 13 centuries ago: They're seizing their opportunities, testing their foe, probing his weak spots. If burning the 'burbs gets you more ''respect'' from Chirac, they'll burn 'em again, and again. In the current issue of City Journal, Theodore Dalrymple concludes a piece on British suicide bombers with this grim summation of the new Europe: ''The sweet dream of universal cultural compatibility has been replaced by the nightmare of permanent conflict.'' Which sounds an awful lot like a new Dark Ages."

 

 

http://www.suntimes.com/output/steyn/cst-edt-steyn06.html

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Comments

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Comment by shalini - November 7, 2005, 2:02 am
Konanane, hi! our Indian papers reported this morning that these riots were being further fuelled by islamic insurgents through the internet and sms ing services of the mobiles.
Disgruntled youths should be controlled very firmly and effectively and in my opinion if immigrants cannot appreciate certain rules and regulations they should go back to where they come from. I have seen enough of these kind of people...they don't like to work and actually live off the state and in places like London have caused the crime rate to increase dramatically. Also, it is because of these unemployed no gooders that many of the nicer people in immigrant communities get targeted through no fault of theirs.
We are a very poor country and we have loads of immigrants from Bangladesh. Immigration must be controlled in the western world. Though I am an asian, I feel very sorry for many of these countries who now suffer from the reverse colonisation syndrome.
I remember when I was studying in italy many years ago, there was a major influx of people from Sudan, Morocco and Ethiopia.
Very few of them really wish to do anything worthwhile and ruin everything for those who do.
America has tightened its immigration rules...so should the european countries...this is just the beginning...these insurgents will infiltrate everywhere and wreack havoc if not firmly stopped!
I know its a bit off you article...forgive me.
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konaneComment by konane - November 7, 2005, 9:21 am
Thank you very much for your comments!! I appreciate your input giving a perspective of someone outside the US!!    Please feel free to go off topic on my blogs any time.
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Comment by shalini - November 7, 2005, 9:32 pm
Thak you konane!!

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