Quote Of The Day: Banlieue Edition
Thoomis' union, according to today's WashTimes, is "hard-line," and not everyone agrees with his assessment. Gerard Demarcq, head of the largest police union, says the violence is the result of "retaking territory" from criminal gangs, and religion's got nothing to do with it.
It's best not to debate the point too finely, because either way, it's more of the culture war between Muslims and everyone who's not Muslim. Previous French gangs of various ethnicities have not broken a longstanding taboo on not attacking police; now that has degenerated to the point where "comarades" see the police as an enemy. And that smells of young guys getting reinforcement from both crime bosses and rhetorically firey imams.
Many will point out that the disparity between France's liberty, equality ethos and hardscrabble reality is driving the anger in the Banlieue, but to say imams and infatada envy have nothing to do with it is not seeing clearly.
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