Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Riots roundup

I don't usually do a whole lot of linking. But there are so many interesting posts dealing with the riots that I thought today I'd list a few that caught my eye through my very brief trip around the blogosphere.

Chicago Boyz has a number of interesting takes on the situation, including why Germany has been exempt (at least so far), despite a large immigrant Moslem population; and reflections on the rioters' seemingly careful calibration of the violence. Clive Davis has his own well-rounded roundup of links and opinions, including ones on the topic of just how intifada-like the riots are; La Shawn Barber offers some interesting views on how these riots are quite unlike the riots of the 60s in the black communities of the US, to which they are sometimes being compared; Melanie Phillips believes that the rioting "youths" are not interested in becoming part of French society, but rather seek to become autonomous from it (seems true, but which came first, the chicken or the egg? Do they want this now only because they were denied assimilation earlier, or did they always want to have their own separate fiefdom within France?); and No Pasaran has hard-hitting posts in both French and English.

This is one of those stories that started rather slowly in both the blogosphere and the MSM, but has been building rather than fading. What originally could be dismissed as just another riot which was expected to die down almost as soon as it began seems to have developed ususually strong legs--and reach. I still believe we are in the "fog" stage, and do not really understand the greater significance of these disturbances, although that certainly doesn't stop anyone--including me--from speculating.


At 6:50 PM, November 08, 2005, Blogger Michael B said...

Another several pieces of the puzzle entitled Evidence the Paris Riots are the French Intifada. Via poster 'chuck' on an R L Simon thread.


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