Could What’s Happening In France Happen Here?

by John Hawkins | October 6, 2006 4:34 pm

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem impossible to imagine something like this[1] in America’s future:

“Radical Muslims in France’s housing estates are waging an undeclared “intifada” against the police, with violent clashes injuring an average of 14 officers each day.

As the interior ministry said that nearly 2,500 officers had been wounded this year, a police union declared that its members were “in a state of civil war” with Muslims in the most depressed “banlieue” estates which are heavily populated by unemployed youths of north African origin.

It said the situation was so grave that it had asked the government to provide police with armoured cars to protect officers in the estates, which are becoming no-go zones.

The number of attacks has risen by a third in two years. Police representatives told the newspaper Le Figaro that the “taboo” of attacking officers on patrol has been broken.

Instead, officers – especially those patrolling in pairs or small groups – faced attacks as soon as they tried to arrest locals.”

How did the French get in that situation? They have large numbers of immigrants coming into their country, living in separatist enclaves, and they’ve done a poor job of assimilating them or getting them jobs. The unemployment rate in these Muslim ghettos is staggering, many of the people there don’t feel like they’re part of French culture, and the police just don’t want to deal with them. Put it all together and it’s not surprising that you’re seeing violence erupt.

But, aren’t most of those elements in place here as well?

You’ve got millions of illegal immigrants in this country who don’t speak English, don’t feel like they’re a part of this country, and live in their own enclaves. They’re holding rallies in the street, waving Mexican flags, chanting slogans in Spanish, and letting everyone know that they don’t feel bound by our laws — and don’t forget illegals commit an enormous amount of crime[2] in this country as it is.

Of course, because we haven’t had these sort of murderous riots here already, many people will just assume that it couldn’t happen here. That reminds me of something Machiavelli[3] once wrote,

“And what physicians say about disease is applicable here: that at the beginning a disease is easy to cure but difficult to diagnose; but as time passes, not having been treated or recognized at the outset, it becomes easy to diagnose but difficult to cure. The same thing occurs in affairs of state; for by recognizing from afar the diseases that are spreading in the state (which is a gift given only to a prudent ruler), they can be cured quickly; but when they are not recognized and are left to grow to the extent that everyone recognizes them, there is no longer any cure.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

Don’t you think that France wishes they had handled immigrants coming into their country differently given what’s going on there now? Well, the situation there should be a warning to us about the potential problems that can be caused by massive amounts of illegal immigration in this country. Let’s hope we’re wise enough to learn from France’s mistakes.

  1. something like this:
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  3. Machiavelli:

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