The riots in Paris and surrounding cities continued for a seventh night last night.
PARIS, Nov. 3 — Violence continued for a seventh night Wednesday in immigrant-dominated towns on the edge of Paris with gangs of youths taking over a police station, vandalizing a shopping center and setting fire to businesses, buses and cars as feuding French officials struggled to devise a plan for halting the unrest.
Youths clashed with police in at least nine towns and communities, most of them concentrated in Paris’ northern suburban areas, according to local police and news media. In the town of La Courneuve, two shots were fired at police but no one was injured, according to the Agence France Press news agency. Most of the rioters have used rocks, sticks and Molotov cocktails in their attacks.
Make no mistake. France, and Europe in general, is reaping the whirlwind for its lax immigration policies, lack of attention to the rising Muslim population in its midst, and adherence to the multiculturalism meme. Is it any surprise that this is happening given that much of the planning for 9/11 occurred not in a mosque in Riyadh but in Western Europe ?
By itself, this rioting is of only minimal importance. The French will, most likely, be able to suppress it shortly. The significance is that it reveals that there is at least some portion of the French immigrant community that is radicalized, and we already know what radical Muslim extremists can do given the proper encouragement.
While I don?t believe every single Muslim on the planet is violent, I believe that the nature of Islam itself is violent. One of the most stunning things I ever heard was George Bush?s contention that Islam is a ?religion of peace.? Yes, you have your Christian kooks blowing up child killers ?in the name of God,? but generally, such incidents are isolated.
On the contrary, Islamofascism is the order of the day. Every day there?s more news of death at the hands of Muslims. Instead of taking an extremely hard line and putting pressure on Muslim so-called leaders to denounce these thugs and round them up, we?re the ones injuring our spines from all the bowing and scraping, trying to prove we?re not religious bigots. Forget that. I care more about my physical well-being and preservation of my way of life than what weak-willed, emasculated liberals say about me.
If Muslim extremists are willing to blow up themselves and children, we must be willing to do what it takes to stop them. We?re certainly able.
What she said.
Meanwhile, Daniel Drezner makes a good point:
I am curious about the accuracy of the press analysis on the riots. After the reportage on Katrina, my radar is up about any exaggeration of chaos and mayhem.
Update @ 2:30pm: Over at Winds of Change, Colt makes some obvservations about the events in France, as well as previous riots in Denmark, and what they may mean for Europe:
Observers of the debate about the European-Islamic identity, or rather the social and political consequences of it, should take note. In France, the spark was the supposed murder by police of two teenagers. In Denmark, it was an insult to Mohammed. But reading through the news reports, the most obvious theme is not religious zealotry, but criminals with a tenuous relationship with Islam trying to take control of the areas in which they live.
That isn?t to say Islam was irrelevant to the rioting. The rioters are likely typical of Europe?s young Muslims, in that they have adopted the victim-mantle forced upon them by the state and the media.
A large proportion of those ? particularly in France ? will have the same almost nihilistic streak exhibited by so large a segment of Britain?s population. In Britain, the cause was a revolution in morality, according to which judgement (or ?being judgemental?, to use the insult now thrown around here) is to be shunned at all ethical costs. Instead of discouraging certain destructive behaviours, Britain would excuse them and subsidise them (unsurprisingly, those destructive behaviours aren?t conducive to holding a job).
In France, a similar policy has been adopted by government after government. Veering from complete indifference to a patronising and deeply damaging paternalism, often in the same week, the result is scores, probably hundreds, of cit?s.
British intelligence now believes they are tackling an ?insurgency?, as opposed to a terrorist threat. In France, an insurgency of sorts has been waged for some time against the state?s presence in les cit?s – the ongoing violence being inevitable rather than exceptional.
The trends are all pointing in one direction. Europe may yet be reminded of what open warfare on the streets of Paris, Berlin, and Brussels looks like.
As I said above, its beginning to look like Europe is reaping the whirlwind.
Update @ 10:30pm: Daisy Cutter looks at the news and asks some questions that could have pretty scary answers.