Friday, November 11, 2005

rioters in france ARE french

Juan Cole rips into some of the fallacies about the rioting in France, here. Eloquent as always.

The gist:

"The French youth who are burning automobiles are as French as Jennifer Lopez and Christopher Walken are American."

Youth riots in France are as French as brie cheese; today's rioters are part of that tradition.

Immigration to France is NOT a new phenomenon, and today's immigrants (and their French children) from places like Tunisia and Senegal are no less capable of integrating than their Polish and Italian predecessors.

The riots have nothing to do with religion.