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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Monday, November 07, 2005

Still out of control

The France riots don't seem to be getting under control anytime soon: They hit a new peak today with the number of burned cars rising to 1,408 and over 390 people arrested. The violence isn't stopping though, now that Policemen are getting shot at by the rioters who ambushed them. Rampaging youths injured 30 policemen, including two hit by buckshot, and torched hundreds of cars overnight as rioting raged on for an 11th night in France despite a vow from President Jacques Chirac to restore public order. Two riot squad officers were hit by buckshot fired at them in an "ambush" in suburbs south of Paris, police said. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy visited them in hospital late Sunday and expressed shock that they were injured in the head. And they are not stopping there. Elsewhere, club-wielding gangs roaming low-income neighbourhoods on the outskirts of major cities targeted officers and set fire to scores of vehicles and properties. A 3,000 square metre building housing film studios was torched at Asnieres beside the Seine river, with flames 10 metres (30 feet) high threatening a neighbouring warehouse. Nearly 100 firemen with 25 appliances were fighting the blaze "of criminal origin," police said. Two churches, one in the north and one in the south of the country, were hit by firebombs but little damage was caused. You know, that comparison of calling it a civil war, well, it's starting to look it. But fear not people, Chirac is on the case. President Jacques Chirac on Sunday vowed to restore order in France after riots in Paris spread across the country and began to unnerve his European neighbors. [...] "The Republic is quite determined, by definition, to be stronger than those who want to sow violence or fear," Chirac said after a special domestic security council met to respond to the latest violence in which 1,300 vehicles went up in flames. "The law must have the last word," Chirac said in his first public comments since the riots started in the poor suburbs, noting the importance of the respect of all, the law and the equality of chances. Ok, where is the french army? Howcome a state or martial law has not been declared? What the hell are they doing? What is Chirac waiting for? I mean, they torch nursery homes, burn churches and synagogues, shoot at buses, put disabeld old people on fire, shoot and ambush the police and burned over 1400 cars and still no army? What will constitutes a martial-law declaring emergency here? What are they waiting for? After they burn down the Louvre? The Police can't handle it. Send in the army. End of story!


At 11/07/2005 05:28:00 AM, Blogger CEP said...

I am not endeavoring to be catty, but IS there a French Army? I know there are Foreign Legionnaires, and a French Navy which occasionally has run-ins with Greenpeace boats, but as to a French Army, I have not heard anything, except in the occasional joke.

At 11/07/2005 06:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An Algerian Islamist organisation, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), has issued a call for action against France which it describes as "enemy number one", intelligence officials said Tuesday.
"The only way to teach France to behave is jihad and the Islamic martyr," the group's leader Abu Mossab Abdelwadoud, also own as Abdelmalek Dourkdal, was quoted as saying in an Internet message earlier this month.

"France is our enemy number one, the enemy of our religion, the enemy of our community," he was quoted as saying. ... Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday that the risk of terrorist attack in France is "at a very high level... There are cells operating on our territory."

French police investigating plans by a group of Islamic extremists to attack targets in Paris discovered last month that the group was recruiting French citizens to train in the Middle East and return home to carry out terrorist attacks, sources familiar with the investigation said.
One French official said the extremists were using a virtual "underground railroad" through Syria to spirit European and Middle Eastern citizens into and out of Iraq. A senior French law enforcement official, who declined to be quoted by name because he was speaking about classified information, said French citizens had undergone terrorist training at camps in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

"There's always been an enormous jihad zone to train people to fight in their country of origin," the official said. "We saw it Afghanistan, in Bosnia, in Kosovo, and now we're seeing it in Iraq."

Teach fwance how to behave. Wow, integration is the solution (sarcasm). Sounds like the "holy war" has begun doesn't it. Ironic its started in fwance, a country of liberals. Glad I got to see Paris before its destroyed. What the nazis didn't do the "jihadist" will.

At 11/07/2005 10:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would help if they gave the police real bullets! If they don't stop this now and soon the rest of Europe will explode. I agree with you, this is looking more and more like a civil war than a riot.

At 11/07/2005 12:31:00 PM, Anonymous Melissa in NorCal said...

I believe what we are seeing is the emergence of the second Islamic nation in Europe. Turkey being the first. It will happen not because France lacks the equipment and men to put it down, but because they lack the will or foresight to do so.

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