Europe's Crips and Bloods
When we think of France, one usually thinks of Paris, the wine country, and old welcoming European enclaves reflective of times gone by. But for a dose of reality, one may want to add to that pleasant image, one of Islamic slums and civil unrest.
And the population which France allowed to immigrate is now turning on it. Granted, France is possibly one of the most racist and anti-Semeitc societies on earth, just short of the neighbors of Israel. The rioting in France is the result of the deaths of two young men on the run from police who made the inadvisable decision to seek refuge in an electrical substation. And the rioters are young French Muslims whose parents emigrated to France from North Africa and the Middle East.
The problem that France may not be realizing is that it is now having to deal with a youth that is beginning to buy in to the same type of anti-social and destructive pattern as America's inner city youth began to do in the 1980s and then on from gangsta rap. But Europe has much more to fear than America did, because 2 Live Crew has nothing on Osama bL.
Radical Wahabist Islamism is catching among young Muslim youth. Like gangsta rap, it feeds into feelings of economic disadvantage and political powerlessness and redirects energy against Western society which it claims is the genesis of all evil, and against people of any and every other religion as infidels worthy of death. Rather than being a source of spiritual growth as he claims, bin Laden has targeted angry youth in the prime of their rebellious years and packaged a series of revolutionary anarchistic messages around a religious veneer in order to gain a following from young people hungry for some form of power.
And while we saw in the west, inner city youth coalescing in gangs and around the drug trade as a means of getting ahead within the American economic system, Islamist youth are out to actually topple the society that surrounds them.
But years of political correctness which continues to this day, paralyzing a society's right to defend itself from clearly subversive elements operating within it, have left Europe in a very bad position. The left reveres Islamists because their rants have an exotic religious skin about them, their proponents are ethnic minorities, and their economic status is, on its surface, low. Those three factors, among perhaps a few others, prevent the ruling left in Europe from taking any action to stop a movement which makes no secret about its desire to annihilate western civilization. The Europeans presume that their resigned approach will diffuse hostilities. But history shows that such a hands-off approach is just as much, if not more provocative than the open opposition to Islamism as we now see in the United States.
Britain has welcomed Muslims and done nothing to curtail Islamism. It received its reward this past July. And Spain, which did nothing more than send troops to Iraq, was shown that capituation to--not tolerance of--Wahabism is the only stance which will be permitted. These attacks aren't being performed by the elders. These are the young new politically disaffected recruits to the al Qaida army.
And if Europe does not wise up soon, the fires caused by these riots will pale in comparison to the disaster their naivete invited.