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daily archive: 11/06/2005
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A Republic of Dunces
The French riots have turned even more sinister as the rioters take to shooting at police, injuring 10, two seriously. They seem to be spinning out of control in slow motion while the French government dithers and infights. Chirac is promising to restore order, and Dominique De Villepin Galouzeau is set to announce new benefits and measures for the cités later on Monday. Jacques and Dominique represent one wing of the French desired response; the hypernationalist Le Pen, who would probably like to eject all muslims, the other-and the self-made Sarkozy represents the bourgeois middle ground of law and order, appearing to turn to condemnations in moral terms rather than excusing the rioters' behavior as a reflection of their low position in society. Sarkozy probably has the right idea, but his counsel won't turn into policy because Chirac and Villepin, who helped create the mess in the first place, outflank and outmanœuvre him. However, the image Sarkozy has acquired as a hardline crackdown advocate is a bit far from reality, because Chirac and Galouzeau have willing accomplices in the servile French media who helped them demonize him. In face, as No Pasaran points out, the entire incident of Sarkozy appearing to condemn the rioters in harsh terms was distorted and milked for political gain by Chirac and mini-Chirac. The incident, as No Pasaran shows, was a bit closer to Stone's scene that had Nixon at the Lincoln Memorial, meeting his young antagonists and arguing with them on their own terms as equals.

What's behind all this chaos? The two answers that come to mind most readily are US-style racial tensions, and radical Islamists making their move. Both come to mind because they're very nearly true, and both are a bit too simplistic to explain completely what's going on. Mark Steyn points out that since the beginning of 2005, 9,000 police cars have been attacked with stones in France. That's a little over 300 days, or almost 30 police cars a day. He also mentions that during the same period, three dozen cars a night have been torched. So this is clearly not a new situation, just an inflamed one. And when it became inflamed, Chirac and Galouzeau appeased, causing the situation to spread because if you reward bad behavior, you get more of it, and when you show weakness, you will be pounced upon. France had "broken windows" and "no-go zones" in spades, and did nothing. Finally, the lingering infection took, and the current fever was the result.

Now Chirac is claiming that there is 50% unemployment in the cités, when previously the consensus numbers were half that. Probably setting the stage for Galouzeau's announcement of surrender by means of social spending, later on Monday. The funny thing is that the rioters have learned from the French themselves, and surpassed them-urban terrorism is a time-honored French way to blackmail the state into succumbing to a special interest group's demands. They're just taking France's lawless culture of shameless blackmail to heart. In fact, you could say they're just extraordinarily zealous in their pursuit of a special rider to the standard French social contract. The "racial" angle is too simplistic, and the "Islam" angle is also has insufficient explanatory power. The truth is that this is just business as usual in France, only more so. The peace has been restored in the place where it all started, Clichy-sous-Bois, because young men from a local mosque took it upon themselves to stop the rioting. The youth themselves say they're intensifying the action as a way of getting attention for their gangs from the media and one-upping rival gangs. Wretchard points out that imams and mothers have marched against the violence, and been beaten back with stones.

What France needs is a Rudy Giuliani. What France has is self-interested politicians. How hard would it have been for Chirac to shut down the cellphone networks' towers in the cités to prevent the rioters from organizing via text-message? How hard would it have been to start jailing people on the first night, rather than only starting to arrest people in earnest on the tenth night?

France's real problem with its immigrant population isn't their unwillingness to integrate. It's France's racism and unwillingness to integrate them. These young people aren't new immigrants, most of them were born in France to immigrant parents-they just can't get jobs because of their skin color, their names, and their addresses. You read this again and again. As the latter article mentions, when the LA riots happened, Bill Clinton went down to South Central LA to personally appeal for calm. Jacques Chirac appeals for calm from the safety of his heavily-guarded offices in Paris, while he and Galouzeau plot not how to solve the problem once and for all, but how to make Sarkozy look like a bad guy and ruin his chance to be President. After President Clinton retired, he moved into offices in Harlem. Can you imagine Chirac and his Ecole Nationale friends moving into offices in the cités after retiring? Of course not.

Radical Islam comes out a winner in this equation, for several reasons. One is that it has now learned the power of flash-mobs activated by cellphone text-messages. Another is that it has now learned that France's leaders will put their political interests first and their nation second. A third thing it has learned is that being in a position to be able to stop disturbances like these as if flicking off a light-switch, when the worshipped State has shown its incompetence, can be a very valuable thing indeed. In the aftermath, you can expect political Islam to become even more powerful in France.
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Persepolis 2
I had posted about Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis before and now there's an excerpt from Persepolis 2. It's a wonderful book and this is a small but excellent example of her work, so here's your chance to read part of it if you haven't yet.

Via ...Or Does It Explode?
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Why you should always look before you sit
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No elected terrorists, thank you
"Do we really believe that an organization that has engraved on its banner the goal of destroying Israel would give up its party platform after being elected?"
Silvan Shalom: Hamas Can't Run in PA Election
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Part X: Counter Measures
Katia understood she only had 15 minutes before the maid went back to work and noticed her key card was missing. The inn had just recently converted to the new system, as well as installing security cameras. Taking the card, which was basically a skeleton key to all the rooms was easy compared to stealing the uniform. She was confident that even if the desk clerk noticed her on the small monitor, her disguise would allay any suspicion.

The adrenaline high was exquisite and her hand trembled as she opened the electronic lock of Matt's room. As soon as she shut the door she was acutely aware that anyone could approach the room unseen and there was no other exit. She took the first of the two tracking chips out of her pocket. She wore two layers of thin surgical gloves. She swiftly grabbed the suitcase out of the closet and opened it on the unmade bed. She laid a tube of adhesive and a small retracting exacto knife next to it. After making a small slit in the lining she coated the chip and carefully placed it so that there was no noticable smear on the fabric. Using her clean ring fingers, she pressed it in place so the adhesive would seal the opening.

A series of faint creaks became footsteps approaching from the hall. She took a deep breath to control the shockwaves of panic that coursed through her with every heartbeat. She closed the suitcase and returned it to the closet and began to make the bed. There was a sharp click and a gasp that escaped before she could stifle it. Even as a trickle of sweat ran over her collarbone, she heard the door across the hall close.

For the second chip she was considering his hiking boots, when she saw the phone. He must have just taken it out of the box to charge the battery. He had already fitted it into the leather case and the directions for activation were lying out next to it on the desk. Attaching the chip to the phone itself was out of the question. She removed the leather case and examined the inside. There was a fabric tag with the product number sewed into the seam that was more than half as wide as the case. She made a slit behind it with her knife, and was able to insert the chip. She then glued the label over the opening. She examined her work with satisfaction. The thin chip was barely noticable.

She peeled off the first layer of gloves and put them in the pocket of the uniform. Two minutes to spare. She rumpled the bed again, and checked one more time to make sure everything was in place before she slipped out.

***


He agreed to accept the call at a mobile number that would be untraceable. After the call the number would be immediately reassigned.

He rode in his limo with pleasant strains of classical music playing, drinking a bottle of mineral water after a board meeting of the Periwinkle Oil Company. While he had of course inherited all the right connections from his father, Prince Fredrick took pride in the fact that he had used them to even better effect. I fact many of his fathers programs, like the World Animal Fund, had been his own suggestion. In his later years his father came to rely on him even more, and it was a shame that he died without seeing the full fruit of their labor.

Prince Fredrick was also free of the scandals that plagued his father, the SS membership that his soldiering for the Netherlands didn't completely negate in public opinion, the aerospace bribery case, the extramarital affairs, and numerous other discretions. If he hadn't learned moral rectitude from his father's example, he at least learned to be discrete about his vices.

Years of preparation had created the model of the kind of society that his father had first described to him many years ago. A true secular world where people made their own choices. The important thing is that they felt free. Therefore, nothing should be restricted, not drugs, nor prostitution, not marriage or even the right to die when you wanted. He himself instructed the doctors to terminally sedate the old Prince when the cancer overwhelmed him. The state then becomes not a tyrannical parent, but a kind benefactor. Through his father's connections to the Global Roundtable and the Munich Working Group on Sustainability, the reforms had been gradually introduced one by one. Holland was now demonstrably one of the happiest places on the planet. Now the focus was on exporting the model to Europe and the world. The work they had been doing behind the scenes with the European Union and the globalization of the world's economies was finally picking up steam.

He listened to Joop's request with partial interest, until he mentioned the Jewish angle. What kind of Jews, religious Jews? If there was one thing his model of a perfect society did not harmonize with, it was religion. It was against all the things that make people happy in life and the sooner people got rid of these antiquated ideas the better. Perhaps this was a serious issue after all. What if there was some kind of religious revival going and causing problems for his different global initiatives? Best to play it safe. He assured Joop that he would get all the resources he needed.

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Africa's Jails
If Guantanamo is "an American gulag", what would Amnesty International call this? The Forgotten of Africa, Rotting Without Trial in Vile Jails
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'Go and show the Zionists...'
To celebrate 'Al-Quds' day, Iranian TV broadcasted children's cartoons glorifying suicide bombers. In one of the cartoons, Abd al-Rahman blows himself up, along with a few 'satanic-faced' Israeli soldiers, in order to avenge the killing of his family (by more Israeli soldiers who are depicted laughing as they shoot his father). At the end of the cartoon, another Palestinian boy 'walks over to Abd's body, takes his bloodstained keffiyeh head-dress, drapes it over his own shoulders and walks off into the sunset.'

(a thimbleful of cognac to Pooh)
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