November 12, 2005
Here's an interesting development in France. . .
Two Molotov cocktails were tossed at a mosque Friday evening in the southern town of Carpentras, but it was not immediately clear whether the attack was linked to the unrest that has wracked the poor suburbs and small towns of France since Oct. 27. President Jacques Chirac demanded that investigators quickly find out who was behind the attack.
When I first read this, my thoughts centered around "Hmmm, looks like some Frenchie's fighting back against the violence that's sweeping their nation by dishing a little back." After all it's only a matter of time before the general public gets fed up with the violence and the government's seeming lack of ability to deal with it.
After reading it again, I was struck by the "demand" from President Chirac. Ok, so I get it. When these "youths" burn down police stations, drag handicapped women from a bus and set her on fire, drag a man trying to put out a fire into the street and beat him to death, or burn thousands of businesses and cars, the French President urgest restraint and understanding. When the "youths" spread to other cities and even nations, Chirac offers bribes and appeasment.
BUT WAIT, when Frenchmen who have gotten fed up with the entire situation toss a couple of molotov cocktails at a Mosque, there are DEMANDS for immediate investigation.
It's this very double standard that put Chirac and France in this situation.
I'll stop now and let you draw your own conclusions.
Posted by JasonColeman at November 12, 2005 8:13 AM
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