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I'd also note that the changes necessary, were they actually to be contemplated, are probably economically and culturally impossible because the French economy is in no shape to respond to the problem and culturally I'm not sure they yet understand they have a race problem. The economic aspects of the problem will take decades to address, and the race aspect even longer. The question is, does France have that sort of time?To which the answer appears to be...
Desperate apologists for France's apartheid system claim that the present uproar is merely about youthful anger, that Muslim fundamentalism isn't in play. Just wait. Islamist extremists aren't stupid. Thrilled by this spontaneous uprising, they'll move to exploit the fervor of the young to serve their own ends.I was going to write something like that, but don't need to when someone else does it better. Whatever the true causes of these riots are it is nothing but fuel for the fire of the various groups recruiting from the people that the French have systematically ignored for decades. It's taken decades for them to arrive at this point, it will take decades for them to fix it. They'll try to console themselves that the US managed to recover from race riots, but back then the black rioters weren't attracted to a murderous and zealous movement that had already scored several "victories" and offered deliverance with revenge. You have to look a bit further back in time to find those types of situations.
Expect terror. Whether the current violence ebbs tonight or lasts for weeks to come, the uprising of the excluded and oppressed in the streets of France has only begun.