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Monday, November 07, 2005

The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris

I ran across this article by Theodore Dalrymple, describing the conditions in Paris and other French cities. The mind boggles that this is the condition in a modern Western state, he describes it as worse than the apartheid townships in South Africa. There's too much good stuff to excerpt and it wasn't till I got to the end that I noticed it was written in 2002. So really, it isn't a surprise things are burning up, but it is surprising it's taken so long.

Dalrymple has a bunch of other very good articles there as well that are worth reading. It seems pretty clear that countries like France have happily bred themselves a multigenerational deep and dangerous problem that have no idea how to fix now that it appears to have reached a tipping point. While they blither on about "hidden hands", if Dalrymple's analysis is even half accurate then the hands aren't exactly hidden, the government just doesn't want to find and face them.

As an aside, it is curious to note that Scoop has no info at all on the Paris riots. What's up with that then?

Posted by Chefen | 11/07/2005 12:51:00 AM


Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I read about them a few years ago, but I think it was a Mark Steyn column where he was predicting the end of western dominance in Europe.

11/07/2005 08:47:00 AM  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Excellent article by Theodore Dalrymple, thanks Chefen!

And why oh why do we need to turn to the blogosphere to not only get insight and opinion, but also our news these days??

11/07/2005 09:00:00 AM  

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