Monday, November 07, 2005

Rioting spreads in France

It is amazing how far the rioting has spread in France.

It is now reported that as many as 10 police officers were wounded by shotgun blasts, over 3500 cars have been burned, and numerous buildings have been destroyed.

It is past time for France to send in their army and break the backs of the rioters...

It will be interesting to see what France does, will they surrender?


Robert Enders said...

Only one reported death so far. Are the French covering up casualties to prevent counter-rioting by French civilians?

Ed Godard said...

Here's a Brit's take on the world:

Be aware that the French government announced yesterday that it has Raised its terror alert level from RUN to HIDE.

The only two higher levels in France are Surrender and Collaborate. The rise was precipitated by a Recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively Paralyzing their military capability.

It's not only the French that are on a heightened level of alert .......

The Italians have increased their alert level from "shout loudly and excitedly" to "elaborate military posturing." Two more levels remain, "ineffective combat operations" and "change sides."

The Germans also increased their alert state from "disdainful arrogance" to
"dress in uniform and sing marching songs." They have two higher levels, "invade a neighbor" and "lose."

Seeing this reaction in continental Europe the Americans have gone From "isolationism" to "find somewhere else in the middle east ripe for Regime change." Their remaining higher alert states are "take on the world" and "ask the British for help in doing it."

Finally here in GB we've gone from "pretend nothing's happening" to "make another cup of tea." Our higher levels are "remain resolutely cheerful" and "win."

And in parliament today, the British level has just been raised from 'miffed' to "peeved'!

Soon though, the levels may be raised yet again to "irritated' or even "a bit cross"! Londoners have not been a "bit cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out.

Terrorists have been re-categorized from "tiresome" to "a bloody nuisance," the last time a "bloody nuisance" warning level was issued was during the great fire in 1666!

Jeannette Jaquish said...

Jay Leno had some good jokes on the subject: "10 days of rioting and the French haven't surrendered yet! Still they are to the point where they are about to ask the Germans to come back in."

It is not hard to read between the lines to realize that the population has no weapons, that the rioters come from families who are on the equivalent of welfare their whole lives, and that it is illegal to start your own business from your home or set up a simple swap meet or crafts factory on rented property. One commentator said the solution was reduce taxes and regulation meaning LET PEOPLE CREATE THEIR OWN JOBS!
I think this is another example of the Iraq effect -- a man has to accomplish to be sane. If you solve his problems for him he will become weak and vengeful. How would anyone feel if a powerful entity prevented you from feeding and caring for your children and then stepped in and disciplined and fed them for you. Wouldn't you hate them? I would, of course I wouldn't go burning someone else's car to express that.

Lewis said...

In a socialistic state such as France the answer to the problem is simple. More government programs redistributing wealth to those who throw the biggest fit.
When the government is seen as the solution to all of life's problems both large and small, it is also seen as the cause.
The French class conscience society will have to have a government campaign to make it seen as their privilege to give away more wealth. The ten percent unemployed in France will just have to keep on suffering until they decide that the French nanny state isn't doing enough for them and start their own riots. A chain reaction of special interest group riots. Who knows, maybe the French could even jam a law through the EU so that the eastern countries will pay for the new anti-riot programs. Since their economies are growing at a faster rate than France's they can afford it.
Or I guess you could just lower taxes and allow for free flow of labor and capital, but that wouldn't be as much fun.

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