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Is Islam the cause, or are extremists simply taking advantage of the situation?Consider the parallels with the Sydney and LA riots. All the same signs are there: perceptions of police brutality, a dissatisfied minority, institutionalised racism, a flashpoint event. Once they've vented, had their fill of violence, everyone gets bored and goes home. This is already happening france - the areas where the rioting started are basically back to normal.These are not signs of an organised Islamic uprising.Yes, the rioters are predominately Muslim, much like the LA rioters were predominantly black and Sydney's were aboriginal. That the targets of the rioters (eg churches) are infrastructure outside of their world is hardly surprising. But attributing the cause of France's riots to Islam is ignoring the lessons that history has taught us time and again: happy, empowered, employed people don't start riots.
Addenum: my first point about Islam not being the root cause was expressed by Chefen earlier.
cfg. Tou may well be right in the first instance but the thing has gone on so long and apears so well organised and with all the evidence before you it would be naive to conclude there is not now a considerable element of pure Islamo motivation. Namely 'we want control of our local patch, we want our own people in charge, we want our own laws.' Kinda like an Ayrab Tino Rangatiratanga, doncha think?
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