Riots In France


These riots have been burning like one of those West Coast forest fires, on and on and on, seemingly beyond control.

I wish it were not so, but it is. And a major speech by the French President like the JFK speech in response to the major civil unrests in the American South might be warranted. This is not strictly a law and order problem.

France has been exposed. I am learning things about Europe I did not know before. Obviously France has been doing a very poor job of integrating its Muslim immigrants into its mainstream.

The riots have to be contained many different ways. The French President has to give a televised speech. He ought to invite community leaders for a broad talk on a larger number of issues. A political solution has to be sought. Law enforcement also has to do its very best. But if a political solution not be forthcoming, I can't see how law enforcement on its own can do a whole lot.

The French Interior Minister calling the Muslim immigrants "scum" is the exact opposite of what the authorities should be saying and doing. The Minister's open hatred of members of that community tells us about the major racial profiling, police harassments, and brutality that the Muslims have been subjected to, apparently.

The rich countries at the forefront of the globalization crusade will simply have to own up to the fact that all countries are headed to being multi-racial and multi-cultural. People will move around. There will be migrations. The notion of racial purity has to be abandoned. And those who migrate can not be treated like second class citizens. Free trade touches more than finance and technology, it also touches human capital. And it ought to.

Whatever is happening is spectacular in an unwelcome way. This is so large scale and so ongoing, it is mind-boggling.

Chirac, go on TV. Address your nation. Exhibit that you understand what's going on.
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