When I saw all what you've just said, I wonder where I was
! I'm stunned !!! When I read your first message danyet I 'd the feeling to hear a far-right activist. Who's this 'Horowitz' ? he's a dangerous man !
Who can agree with that ? That's unbearable to read some stuff like 'The muslim riots is an obvious escalation of the Islamic jihad that seeks to conquer the infidel world for the Muslim faith' or 'the Intifada in France'.
First of all because : all what is happening here in France is beeing twisted all around the world. We laugh bitterly when foreign countries talk about 'intafada' or 'djihad' and also when American channel Fox don't know how to place the main towns of France on a map (eg. Toulouse -1 M inhabitants is, as for the Fox, in the north east whereas actually it's in the south east ! even Paris was not correctly placed) The truth is that YOU DON'T KNOW ALL HAD HAPPENED AND ARE UNAWARE OF EACH DETAILS OF THIS CRISIS
Let me explain briefly :
Our Interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, who's very ambitious and who's a campaigner for the next presidential elections in 2007, has put the stress on the repression for his policy. He's a very provocative man, a rabble rouser who tries to woo voters.
All started when two young boys died in Clichy sous Bois, in Paris suburbs, whereas they tried to flee a check identity. Police chase a group of youth, whom they suspect of thief, and let them enter in a power station -without warning them- where two of them died. After this issue, our dear Nicolas Sarkozy refused to admit this police blunder and said that he wanted to 'get rid off the riffraff'. These kind of statements are simply unbearable. In fact, a inquiry showed that the two poor youngs were innocent.
People in the suburbs take that Sarkozy statements like a provocation. But there are much more events that had added and which had caused riots.
In a word, I'm sorry to say that It's a franco-french problem and has nothing to deal with 'Al qaida' or 'djihad' !!! Nowadays, they (>people in suburbs) are fed up with what they have to live every day -and I can understand that. That's because of people like Horowitz that they're revolting : people who did very dangerous confusions between muslims and terrorists. Most of muslims here are pacifists ; they try to live a correct live in France. When Danyet, Lenny tran or Dixie (I was surprised that a girl as smart as you said that
...) asserts that 'Muslims every day here, living with us, but they just won't adapt themselves to the new country or culture', it's just fully wrong in France !!! the generation of immigrants who had come just after WWII had achieved to integrate well in French society. The problem comes presently from the generation of 15-25 years people who are -that's right- somehow drop out. When Lenny Tran said : 'They don't give colored people or non-French people have the opportunities in their country', he (she ?) is definitely right and that's a dramatic situation
(but I smile when I think of the victims of Katrina : weren't they in majority colored people... ? ) So it's not a french problem but an international fight against prejudices. This problem has just opened up our eyes and, as far as I'm concerned, I've changed my view on suburbs.
Please, try to be more critical, because actually, you haven't got the faintest idea of the french political/sociological mechanisms of this crisis...