Monday, November 07, 2005

EU Rioting

By unassimilated poor, mostly Muslim immigrants from Africa, continues to spread. From the AP story, via the Akron Beacon Journal:

“Rioting by French youths spread to 300 towns overnight, and a 61-year-old man hurt in the violence died of his wounds, the first fatality in 11 days of unrest that has shocked the country, police said Monday.

As urban unrest spread to neighboring Belgium and possibly Germany, the French government faced growing criticism for its inability to stop the violence, despite massive police deployment and continued calls for calm.”

Of course, you don’t find out that they’re Muslim until paragraph 8. Given what we know about the “no go” areas in Europe where the writ of the state doesn’t run, it would certainly be no surprise to find some radical Imams urging the rioters on.

Further, if you look at this piece from the AP, this isn’t just a bunch of disorganized malcontents. From close to the end of the article:

“Police also found a gasoline bomb-making factory in a derelict building in Evry south of Paris, with more than 100 bottles ready to turned into bombs, another 50 already prepared, as well as fuel stocks and hoods for hiding rioters' faces, senior Justice Ministry official Jean-Marie Huet told The Associated Press. Police arrested six people, all under 18”
As Mark Steyn notes, most of the political response has to do with discrediting Sarkozy rather than quelling the rioters. If you’re government has a ''minister for social cohesion'' the game is pretty much over.

More from Steyn:

“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suicide bombers with this grim summation of the new Europe: ''The sweet dream of universal cultural compatibility has been replaced by the nightmare of permanent conflict.''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.”

Counterpoint (H.T. Instapundit): Clive Davis takes exception to the intifada arguments here and here. Mr. Davis also notes Greg Djerejian’s response here.

What are we left with? At minimum, a highly explosive situation, fueled by a highly stratified class society, a large chunk of poor immigrants who lack hope for a future. Initial result: riots. It may not be intifada now, but toss a few radical imams into the gumbo, and it won’t take much to get there.

I, for one, doubt that this will in any way, shape, or form, lead to any quieting of Europe’s preening sense if it’s moral superiority.

Seems likely that they’ll have to call in the Army to restore order at some point. Whether that’s even feasible is dubious – would take an unprecedented amount of backbone, as well as the ability to admit that European society is deeply dysfunctional, and needs a do-over.

Lessons Likely to be Ignored:
1. Don’t allow uncontrolled mass immigration of groups that won’t assimilate into your society on your terms.

2. Toss multi-culturalism out the window, and replace it with integration and an ownership society, with a strong sense of property rights, as opposed to welfare rights.

3. Upper levels of society have to be open to all, based on achievement within the rule of law and context.Refusal to correctly diagnose the issue and appease the malcontents only invites more trouble in the long run. And sometimes in the short run as well.