Barbara Simpson writes a great article today detailing how the French government, and the Socialist ideology, has created the situation they now find themselves in….but do you hear much about it? Nope. But a flood or a tsunami, then we get 2 weeks of non-stop coverage:
What do people think about the rioting and destruction in France? It’s hard to say because beyond some “good pictures” of torched cars and firemen and police trying to deal with an out-of-control situation, we aren’t getting the whole ? much less the real ? story.
For the third continuous week, a good part of France is in flames and wilding mobs in the streets have wreaked havoc on business areas and neighborhoods. The whole country is the victim of wanton violence and destruction.
From a news-coverage point of view, what do we get? Not much ? not much accuracy and no depth. It can be blamed on ill-informed producers, editors and reporters and a politically correct bias in coverage decisions.
When the rioting began, it was barely covered. In some cases, local newspapers, notably the liberal ones, the story was first ignored or buried deep in the papers. Then, it hit the front page and, just as quickly, was buried again. How much coverage has there been of similar arsons and demonstrations in Germany, Belgium and Denmark?
News outlets love easy stories, especially natural disasters. A tsunami headlined for weeks. So does hurricane damage in New Orleans and anywhere else. And of course, earthquakes, volcano and floods are good for miles of newsprint and hours of air-time.
It has it all: good pictures, good sound, injured and dying people, survivor stories and property destruction[…]What’s happening in France could happen here, given the nature of terrorism. The media are doing a grave disservice by not presenting the story with facts and perspective.
As the French mobs moved through the streets, nothing was safe: Schools, hospitals, gymnasiums, homes, cars, trucks, busses, businesses, warehouses, churches, synagogues ? even people.
A woman in a wheelchair was doused with fluid and set afire. A man trying to protect his car from being destroyed was beaten to death. Firemen and medical personnel were attacked and police were forbidden to fight back.
There may never be a “final” estimate of the damage caused ? because this kind of insurrection may never really end ? but preliminary estimates put it at over $235 million dollars. Reports are that more than 6,500 automobiles have been destroyed. For a country with severe employment and financial troubles, dealing with property damage alone will present enormous troubles for the government of President Jacques Chirac.
It didn’t help that for more than 10 days after the violence erupted ? supposedly a reaction to the accidental electrocution of two, Muslim teenagers who were running from police and hid in an electric transformer shed, not the smartest thing they ever did, but certainly the last ? Chirac was neither seen nor heard.
His country was in flames, mobs in the street, people petrified by the violence, police ordered not to shoot ? and the president was invisible.
When he finally did appear, it was more to lament the events and say that France must do more to solve the problems of these people.
Apparently, that means everyone in France who’s poor, unemployed, uneducated, illiterate and of foreign extraction, legally or illegally in the country, with language problems.
Unfortunately for France, that’s a lot of people, the result of the policy of encouraging immigration to provide low-paying jobs and assuming that those same people will magically become French and accepting of the culture and customs of the country.
Also, the socialist bent of the country had meant that those same people are unable to work themselves into the middle class. They come to expect the government to provide for them. The other half of the equation is that those same people too often don’t want to assimilate into the culture.
The mother of an arrested 21-year-old rioter is an Algerian immigrant. She and her husband have been in France 25 years, are both illiterate and don’t speak French. Her son failed high school, dropped out and is unemployed after having a job for 8 months. The mother says life there is difficult and “they don’t give work to the young.”
Aside from not assimilating, this woman has learned the socialist mantra: The government must give out jobs.
One aspect about the perpetrators, which the French dare not mention ? they are multicultural and diverse, after all ? is that the bulk, if not all of the rioters and arsonists, are Muslim.
Uh, oh. Can’t say that.
There are an estimated 10 million Muslims in Europe ? some 6 million are in France. These are generally people who maintain their culture, dress, religion, schools and language. Because of their separatism, they live in enclaves, whole sections of cities that are theirs ? in some cases, areas that are so dangerous that police fear to enter. These are people who do not assimilate and do not become French even though they have French citizenship. Their anger has been fanned into flames by preaching of jihad in militant mosques.[..]It’s perverse to see how traditional media have twisted themselves into pretzels to avoid either reporting the story at all, or reporting it but burying it, or playing down the magnitude of the story, or focusing on the ramifications. They deliberately avoid using the word “Muslim.”
Americans are being deliberately kept in the dark about the import of these riots and what they could mean ? not just for this country, but for the rest of the Western world. If political correctness could kill, this might just be the perfect example
But hey, it seems to be dissipating:
France’s national police chief said Sunday that the country’s worst rioting since the 1960s seemed to be nearing an end, but violence persisted into the night, with at least two schools set on fire and dozens of cars torched.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso proposed that the European Union give $58 million to France for helping riot-hit towns recover. He said the EU could make up to $1.2 billion available in longer-term support.
In scattered attacks overnight into Monday, vandals rammed a car into a primary school in the southern city of Toulouse before setting the building on fire and burned cars in northeastern Strasbourg. In northern France, arsonists set fire to a sports center in the suburb of Faches-Thumesnil and a school in the town of Halluin.[…]The number of cars burned nightly has steadily decreased ? from 502 overnight into Saturday, to 374 overnight into Saturday, to 208 as Monday began. A week earlier, 1,400 cars were incinerated in a single night.
Well that’s swell….
And what’s this? The people want someone who actually acts when emergencies occur?
A poll in the newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche suggested Sarkozy is the politician that French people trust most to deal with the troubles. Some 53 percent said they supported him, while about 71 percent said they lacked confidence in President Jacques Chirac.
It seem’s that the French have no dignity left, no balls. If I caught a supposed “troubled youth” burning my vehicle he would be lucky to be hooked up to life support the next day.
Uh oh, did I piss you liberals off? Did I just just state my right to defend my personal property? I guess the MSM hasn’t completely PC brainwashed me yet. I mean why would I fight back against scum and thugs? Don’t I understand that it’s the deepseated racism that drove those poor widdle kids to destroy everything in their path?