Monday, November 07, 2005

Chirac Fiddles while Paris Burns

In the U.S. the Muslim riots in France are just now starting to receive serious media coverage, but it may be too late.

PARIS - 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.

The story has much deeper causes than what the media is willing to present. The local causative factor in the unrest that has swept Paris was when two young men were electrocuted while trying to hide from the police. Now, mind you, the police didn't kill the youths, but rather the youths, being pursued by the police, tried to hid out in an electrical sub station. Apparently they forgot the whole, don't touch anything rule when hiding near high tension wires.

In case you thought that this was about police brutality, the police in France are virtually impotent. The police are held in very low regard by the media in France, and the legal system rewards the lazy and penalizes the officer who really wishes to make a difference.

I first saw l'insecurite for myself about eight months ago. It was just off the Boulevard Saint-Germain, in a neighborhood where a tolerably spacious apartment would cost $1 million. Three youths - Rumanians - were attempting quite openly to break into a parking meter with large screwdrivers to steal the coins. It was four o'clock in the afternoon; the sidewalks were crowded, and the nearby cafes were full. The youths behaved as if they were simply pursuing a normal and legitimate activity, with nothing to fear.

The laxisme of the French criminal justice system is now notorious. Judges often make remarks indicating their sympathy for the criminals they are trying (based upon the usual generalizations about how society, not the criminal, is to blame); and the day before I witnessed the scene on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, 8,000 police had marched to protest the release from prison on bail of an infamous career armed robber and suspected murderer before his trial for yet another armed robbery, in the course of which he shot someone in the head. Out on bail before this trial, he then burgled a house. Surprised by the police, he and his accomplices shot two of them dead and seriously wounded a third. He was also under strong suspicion of having committed a quadruple murder a few days previously, in which a couple who owned a restaurant, and two of their employees, were shot dead in front of the owners' nine-year-old daughter. (Quoted from The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris by Theodore Dalrymple)

Thutopiae eutopa of liberal ideals, the nation that socialists, liberals and democrats compare bad old America to, is rotting from the inside out. Add to that, that the violence is spreading. It's not rebellion just in France, it's a more wide spread corruption of society that has been brought about by the decay of the values structure in Europe. Criminality is no longer punished, it's not your fault. Enterprise is frowned upon, how dare you try to improve yourself, make yourself better than anyone else! The government has been entrusted with your entire life, economy and society, and they lost it all. Is this really what we want for ourselves or our children?