Thursday, November 03, 2005

French Muslim leader asks for 'respect'

French Muslim leader asks for 'respect'

One of France's most prominent Muslim leaders Thursday urged the state to show "respect" for his community, after a seventh night of battles between angry youths and police in high-immigration suburbs of Paris. Speaking to faithful in the Paris mosque, Dalil Boubakeur, president of the French Council for the Muslim Religion, said Muslim immigrants deserved better than their current lot. "Our immigrant brothers in Paris and in France must be given the conditions to live with dignity as human beings," not in "disgraceful squats", Boubakeur said, referring to the low-income suburbs where the trouble has broken out. "This is our hope, this is our wish and is an address to the French authorities, to (president Jacques) Chirac who is a friend to Muslims, a friend to Islam," he said. "The community deserves respect because it is respectful, young people need to find the way back to calm, our mosques need to be respected," Boubakeur said.

Riots inflict damage on Sarkozy's ambitions

Sarkozy, 50, has made no secret of his ambition to succeed Jacques Chirac in presidential elections to take place in 2007. In pursuit of that goal, he has carved out a reputation as a brash straight-talker looking to triumph through determination and the embrace of tough US-style police tactics that contrast with what he sees as a too-soft French approach that previously reigned. But now that same bullheaded stance has turned the public perception against him, with critics blaming his repressive orders and rhetoric for fanning the riots. A week before the violence started, Sarkozy vowed to wage a "war without mercy" on deliquents in the suburbs. Days later, he called rebellious youths living in the neighbourhoods "rabble".

French riots expose social divide: European press

The riots rocking the suburbs of Paris have laid bare the flaws underpinning French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential ambitions, European press commentators said Thursday. While pinpointing the origins of the violence as decades of neglect in the urban sprawl, they said Sarkozy's tough rhetoric on crime had helped fuel the fires raging in the deprived, high-immigrant neighbourhoods. Sarkozy had rightly called for zero tolerance of violence, Britain's Daily Telegraph wrote, "but he has damaged his case by resorting to the language of the far right, speaking of cleaning the 'scum' out of the suburbs." Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung agreed, saying Sarkozy "has become a figure of hate for those without hope in the suburbs." In Geneva, the Tages Anzeiger had a cartoon of Sarkozy trying to put out a car fire using a hose attached to a petrol pump. In Vienna, Der Standard said the French government appeared "clueless" but argued that credit should at least go to Sarkozy -- "who could hardly have shown more clearly how NOT to resolve the problem." Russia's press blamed most of the problems on immigrants. "Arab immigrants are settling scores with the authorities," wrote Kommersant. "The riots ... are threatening the French government," said Vremia Novosti, adding that while the 1968 demonstrations were a rebellion against a parental society, this time "ethnic and religious factors are at play." Likewise in Spain, where El Pais said the interior minister was fast losing credibility as it was his zero-tolerance policy enflaming the situation.


At November 03, 2005 11:03 PM, Blogger TM Lutas said...

All communities have their criminals. The police must keep order everywhere. It is the most profound disrespect to functionally withdraw police coverage from an area. It's saying that your stores, your streets, your homes are not worth protecting. You are not worth protecting.

When a community identifies with the car burners and rock throwers they are either fomenting revolution or are morally depraved. The first can possibly be justified but never the latter. In a republic that has free elections revolutions are not justified.

At November 03, 2005 11:20 PM, Blogger John Sobieski said...

Is the MSM trying to railroad Sarkozy by making all these 'losing trust' statements. Have they polled all the citizens and confirmed that Sarkozy's actions are viewed negatively? No? I didn't think so.

At November 03, 2005 11:26 PM, Blogger Athena1040 said...

Riot and get rewarded with more money, more welfare, more affirmative action positions, more positions in government.

Riot and then "aks for respect." Seems that the Muslim "community" is never responsible for controlling its own criminals.

Even Fox TV News didn't identify the rioters are Muslims, it just identified them as "North African immigrants." If you hadn't been following the situation in France from multiple sources you wouldn'thave know the identity and reason for the riots.

At November 03, 2005 11:35 PM, Blogger Rick Darby said...

The French have brought on themselves a no-win situation. They've admitted as immigrants millions of North Africans whose culture and values are in virtually every way dissimilar to those of native French, and then — I think they have to take a lot of responsibility for this — marginalized them almost completely.

Now there is no meeting ground, nothing to have a "dialogue" about. Nor can law enforcement, however firm or tough, do more than further radicalize the inhabitants of its ghastly Islamicized suburbs.

I think there are only two options, bad and worse: admitting that assimilation has failed and cannot work, follwed by mass deportations; or large-scale civil violence.

At November 04, 2005 12:21 AM, Blogger dennisw said...

Respect our mad man Muhammad's cult and our mad mad culture or we will riot and kill Frenchmen.

At November 04, 2005 12:30 AM, Blogger Pastorius said...

Let me get this straight; they are forced to live in disgraceful squats" there in Paris.

Meaning, I guess, that it was better where they came from?

Well ...

At November 04, 2005 1:37 AM, Blogger Athena1040 said...

In order to "deport" someone a country must be willing to receive the deportee. France has NO WHERE to deport those Muslims BORN in France, no other country has to accept them, as they are solely French citizens. They are trouble makers anyway so why would Morroco or Tunisia want them?

Germany may be in a better situation because it does not automatically convey citizenship upon the children born to the Turks invited in as guest workers. This means they can deport the entire family back to Turkey.

Of course, if the EU invites Turkey in, it is all pointless and the game is over. Hopefully the Euros will come to their senses before that happens.

At November 04, 2005 2:33 AM, Blogger sissyblue said...

Eventually they will be deported. It's just a question of how much BS the French are willing to submit to. My guess, not much. As soon as it cuts into their tourist dollars, the games up.

At November 04, 2005 2:35 AM, Blogger sissyblue said...

Where to send them? Airdrop them into the ocean, or Iran, whichever is closer.

At November 04, 2005 4:58 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

A quote from the article: "Our immigrant brothers in Paris and in France must be given the conditions to live with dignity as human beings," not in "disgraceful squats", Boubakeur said, referring to the low-income suburbs where the trouble has broken out"

Excuse me - "must be given"? What happened to "earn the conditions to live with dignity as human beings".

At November 04, 2005 12:47 PM, Blogger tefta said...

Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

By this definition, the Euroweenie world is insane because rather than admit their policy of appeasement has been a disaster, they will just do it better and harder hoping in vain that somehow this time the outcome will be different.

It won’t be and then what? We won’t be going “over there” to pull French chestnuts out of the fire again.

Even us dumb yanks aren't that dumb.

At November 05, 2005 1:26 AM, Blogger stuart10242 said...

I believe Ariel Sharon ought to put in a call to Chirac and Sarkozy and caution them on the continuing cycle of violence taking place in France.

At November 05, 2005 5:14 PM, Blogger bordergal said...

I just watched a special on Vietnamese immigrants to France.

THEY are doing quite well.
Of course, they work long hours, save their money, and make sure their children get a good education.

You want respect, then EARN it.


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