[anzac] PARIS BURNING - Its Larger Meaning

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 19:58:32 -0600
NOTE:  Some interesting insights into why France is erupting,
and the 'End of Empires'....

"PARIS BURNING: How Empires End" 
-by Patrick J. Buchanan. 


The Romans conquered the barbarians - and the barbarians 
conquered Rome. 

So it goes with empires. And comes now the penultimate chapter 
in the history of the empires of the West. 

This is the larger meaning of the ritual murder of Theo Van Gogh in 
Holland, the subway bombings in London, the train bombings in 
Madrid, the Paris riots spreading across France.  The perpetrators 
of these crimes in the capitals of Europe are the children of 
immigrants who were once the colonial subjects of the European empires.

At this writing, the riots are entering their 12th night and have 
spread to Rouen, Lille, Marseille, Toulouse, Dijon, Bordeaux, 
Strasbourg, Cannes, Nice. Thousands of cars and buses have 
been torched and several nursery schools fire-bombed.  One 
fleeing and terrified woman was doused with gasoline and set ablaze.  

The rioters are of Arab and African descent, and Muslim.  While 
almost all are French citizens, they are not part of the French 
people.  For never have they been assimilated into French culture 
or society.  And some wish to remain who and what they are.  
They live in France but are not French. The rampage began
October 27 when two Arab youths, fleeing what they mistakenly 
thought was a police pursuit, leapt onto power lines and were 
electrocuted.  The two deaths ignited the riots. 

Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy, a candidate to succeed 
President Chirac, is said to have infuriated and inflamed the rioters.  
Before the rampage began, he promised "war without mercy" on 
crime in the teeming suburbs where unemployment runs at 20% 
and income is 40% below the national average.  He has denounced 
the rioters as "scum" and "rabble." 

Like the urban riots in America in the 1960s, which the Kerner 
Commission blamed on "white racism," Paris's riots are being 
blamed on France's failure to bring Islamic immigrants into the 
social and economic mainstream of the nation. Solutions being 
offered range from voting rights for non-citizens to affirmative action 
in hiring for the children of Third World immigrants.

To understand why this is unlikely to solve France's crisis, consider 
how America succeeded, and often failed, in solving her own racial 
crisis. While, as late as the 1950s, black Americans were not 
integrated fully into our economy or society, they had been 
assimilated into American culture.  

They worshipped the same God, spoke the same language, had 
endured the same Depression and war, listened to the same music 
and radio, watched the same TV shows, laughed at the same 
comedians, went to the same movies, ate the same foods, read 
the same books, magazines and newspapers, and went to 
schools where, even when they were segregated, they learned the 
same history.  

We were divided, but we were also one nation and one people.  
Black folks were as American as apple pie, having lived in our 
common land longer than almost every other ethnic group save 
Native Americans.  And America had a history of having assimilated 
immigrants in the tens of millions from Europe.

But no European nation has ever assimilated a large body of 
immigrant peoples, let alone people of color.  Moreover, the African 
and Islamic peoples pouring into Europe - there are 20 million there 
now - are, unlike black Americans, strangers in a new land, and 
millions wish to remain proud Algerians, Muslims, Moroccans.

These newcomers worship a different God and practice a faith 
historically hostile to Christianity, a traditionalist faith that is rising
again and recoils violently from a secular culture saturated in sex. 

Severed from the civilization and cultures of their parents, these 
Arab and Muslim youth may hold French citizenship and carry 
French passports, but they are no more French than Americans 
who live in Paris are French.  Searching for a community to which 
they can truly belong, they gravitate to mosques where the imams, 
many themselves immigrants, teach and preach that the West is 
not their true home, but a civilization alien to their values and 
historically hostile to their nations and Islam.

The soaring Muslim population is a Fifth Column inside Europe.  

Nevertheless, their numbers must grow.  For not only do they have 
a higher birth rate than the native-born Europeans, no European 
nation, save Moslem Albania,has a birth rate (2.1 births per woman) 
that will enable it to endure for many more generations.  The West 
is aging, shrinking, and dying. 

Yet, to keep Europe's economy growing and taxes coming in to 
fund the health and pension programs of Europe's rising numbers 
of retired and elderly, Europe needs scores of millions of new 
workers.  And Europe can only find them in the Third World. 

Nor should Americans take comfort in France's distress.  By 2050, 
there will be 100 million Hispanics in the United States, half of 
them of Mexican ancestry, heavily concentrated in a Southwest 
most Mexicans still believe by right belongs to them.

Colonization of the mother countries by subject peoples is the last 
chapter in the  history of empires-and the next chapter in the history 
of the West - that is now coming to a close.

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