Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Islam in French Prisons

There are some valuable facts to be found amid all the whining in this NYT article about Islam in French prisons. Here's a gem: 60% of inmates are Muslim but Muslims are only about 10% of the population. The prisoners often proselytize among themselves since there are not nearly enough Muslim clerics authorized to provide "spiritual counseling" to the inmates.

A Day of Reckoning is coming for France. The recent spasm of violence in Holland was a small preview of what lies ahead for France. Remember that le Pen's National Front won 20% of the vote during the 2002 presidential election. Millions of French supported the le Pen then. After a high-profile assassination or bombing more people will side with the Nationalists or parties father to the right. Don't forget that despite France's current reputation as cheese-eating surrender monkeys, then have a history of Rightist militarism. Think of Vichy, the Dreyfus Affair, the various Napoleans. (Not to mention the ongoing anti-Semitic violence.) And unlife Holland, France has millions of Muslims and a history of Islamist violence. At least 12 people were killed during a series of bombing all over Paris in 1995 as part of an Islamist terror campaign. One bomb exploded in a Metro station, a vital institution in the nation's capital.

If or when France follows the Holland model with firebombings at mosques and churches, with attacks and counter-attacks, the results will be far more gruesome, the violence more widespread, and consequenses will be felt around the world.

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