torsdag, februari 17, 2011

En fransk intifada

Nidra Poller är en amerikansk

författare och journalist. Bosatt

i Frankrike sedan 70-talet. Ett

alltmera islamiserat Frankrike

”präglat av islamiskt judehat,

förakt mot västerländska

värden och annat anti-socialt

beteende förstärkt av religiös


I A French Intifada i Middle

East Quarterly skildrar hon den

nya franska verkligheten.


A process described by some as the

Islamization of Europe, by others as

the failure of Europeans to integrate

Muslim immigrants, has reached a

breaking point in France.

One of the most troubling mani-

festations of this discord is the

development of a particular type

of violence that is more than the

sum of its parts.


A sampling of this year's news

reports reads like a catalogue of

stomping, stabbing, shooting,

torching, and sacking; attacks on

teachers, policemen, firemen, old

ladies, and modest retirees; turf

wars, tribal fights, murder over

women, over attitude, over nothing;

dead youths, murderous youths,

bodies scattered across a national



Is there a connection between the

endless series of seemingly disparate

criminal incidents and markers openly

displayed in insurrectional riots and

demonstrations—kaffiyeh face masks,

Hezbollah flags, intifada slogans,

Islamic chants?

A general French tendency to withhold

information and a deliberate decision to

avoid ethnic and religious symbols leads

to white noise coverage of criminality.

Names, photos, and background

information about perpetrators, suspects,

and victims are usually suppressed,

especially those that might create a

negative image of Muslims.


Yet there is ample evidence that

immigration has brought specifically

Islamic antipathy to Jews, contempt

for Western values, and other anti-

social attitudes reinforced by religious

zeal and aggravated by the clash

between an authoritarian family structure

and permissive French society.

Many second and third generation,

French-born Muslims, anxious to

separate themselves from a "French"

identity they reject, are no less

vulnerable to these influences than

recent immigrants.

A supposedly reassuring "it's not

Chicago" occasionally tacked on at

the end of a report about a lawless

neighborhood adds to the confusion.

In fact, it is not Chicago but more

like Algiers, Jenin, or Bamako.


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