"The French are Considered as Dhimmis"WHY AN INTIFADA IN FRANCE? [John Derbyshire]
An acquaintance of mine -- French, currently resident in North Africa -- sent a long post about the French riots to an email group I belong to. It is a fascinating post, but much too long to paste here. I did think, though, that the following passage would interest NRO readers, so with his permission, I pass it on. It is from a passage headed: "Why an Intifada in France?" It is among a long list of reasons given as answers to the question. "The Iraq war: as I had noticed very strongly in Tunisia a little more than 2 years ago, the opposition of France to intervention in Iraq has been perceived as a sign of weakness, and French are since considered as Dhimmis. The change of attitude from Arabs against French has been dramatic: now I know problems of security in Tunisia, and even in the French planes to go and come from there, and in Nice (French Riviera) Airport! This opposition, probably motivated by the money earned in Oil For Terror program and by threats from Saudi Arabia and Iran, has marked the end of France as a Western country (whatever one thinks about the Iraq war per se!)."
French Imams Distance Islam From Paris Riots
He warned that the worsening riots were playing well into the hands of anti-Islam parties in France. "Pious young Muslims have shouldered their responsibility from the first day of the clashes, trying to convince the angry youths of the need to calm down and stop violence," said imam Ahmad Gaballah."Some parties are just trying to smear the good work being done by the young Muslims," added Gaballah, also a member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR). The French Communist Party, the Greens and the French Socialist Party have joined forces, demanding the sacking of Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy over his handling of the crisis. Sarkozy insists the violence is "organized". Facing harsh criticism from the media and the public, Prime Minister Dominique De Villepin held Friday a meeting with 16 youths, aging between 18 and 25, from Paris suburban areas on the difficulties they face. Taking charge of the government's response to the crisis, the premier is also meeting Saturday with representatives and activists from Seine-Saint-Denis.