Parisian Intifada: jihadi conspiracy?

As unrest in the Muslim immigrant suburbs of Paris enters its ninth night, violence appears to be spreading to other towns such as Dijon, Marseille and Normandy, and into the capital itself. Trouble has now been reported from almost 90 towns around the capital, more than twice as many as the previous night, according to police. France’s notoriously hardline Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy is now seeing conspiracies. “What we have been witnessing … has nothing spontaneous about it. It was perfectly organized. We are trying to find out by who and how,” he said. (The Hindu, Nov. 5)

A game of good-cop/bad-cop appeared to be emerging between Sarkozy and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, his main rival for the presidency in 2007. But de Villepin himself took a harder line on the eighth night of violence, saying, “The republican state will not give in. Order and justice will have the last word in our country.” This was after Sarkozy promised to clean up the suburbs “by Karcher,” a reference to a brand of vacuum cleaner. He also referred to troublemakers in the suburbs as “riff-raff” and “scum.” De Villepin made his comments despite Sarkozy coming under harsh criticism for his own comments as feuling further violence. (Financial Times, Nov. 4)

On Oct. 19 Sarkozy declared that the suburbs “have to be cleaned—we’re going to make them as clean as a whistle.” Six days after this, Muslim protestors threw stones and bottles at him when he visited the suburb of Argenteuil.

The riots began on Oct. 27 when two Muslim teenagers ran from police who were checking identification papers in the Seine-Saint-Denis suburb, dominated by low-income housing projects. The youths hid in an electrical power sub-station, where they were accidentally electrocuted. Over 500 vehicles have been burned, buses have been fired on, and citizens brutally attacked. Claude Pernes, mayor of Rosny-sous-Bois, said a “veritable guerrilla situation, urban insurrection” has taken hold. (AINA, Guardian, Nov. 4)

Media accounts have generally overlooked that the riots erupted days after sensational claims that French police were investigating plans by a group of Islamic extremists to attack targets in Paris. The accounts claimed the group was recruiting French citizens to train in the Middle East and return home to carry out terrorist attacks.

One French official said the extremists were using an “underground railroad” through Syria to bring European and Middle Eastern citizens in and out of Iraq. An anonymous senior French law enforcement official said that French citizens had undergone terrorist training at camps in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

“There’s always been an enormous jihad zone to train people to fight in their country of origin,” the official said. “We saw it Afghanistan, in Bosnia, in Kosovo, and now we’re seeing it in Iraq.”

He said the French cell under investigation “is linked with networks in Iraq, right now, through an individual based in Syria. Now we’re finding camps in Syria and Lebanon, and it’s the same pattern, training in explosives and chemical weapons, which is an obsession of the jihadists.”

In a recent television interview, Sarkozy, called the terror risk for Paris “very high,” adding, ”We know that there are about 10 young Frenchmen in Iraq, ready to become kamikazes.”

“One asks himself why a certain number of young French people are in Pakistan in religious schools,” Sarkozy said. “It’s not normal that an individual who lives in our neighborhoods leaves all of a sudden for four months in Afghanistan, three months in Syria. We want to know who is going where, for how long, and when they come back.” (Boston Globe, Oct. 19)

Sarkozy should shut up, as such prophecies have a way of becoming self-fulfilling—especialy when harsh police measures spark an angry backlash, such as we are now witnessing. Amnesty International noted one horrific case involving the apparent torture of a 17-year-old boy in December 2002 in Seine-Saint-Denis, exactly where the current rioting first erupted. This was mere months after Sarkozy had taken office, pledging a crackdown on the supposedly lawless immigrant suburbs. (See WW4 REPORT #35)

Far-right yahoos have already made much of Sarkozy’s Jewish background, of course. Expect supposed “leftists” to pick up on this too if the Franco-Intifada spreads. Interestingly, Amnesty’s 2003 report on France notes a growing pattern of racist attacks on Jews and Arabs alike, as well as ongoing police brutality.

See our last posts on France, resurgent neo-fascism in Europe, and kneejerk “leftist” anti-Semitism (example 1, example 2)

  1. World War 4
    Have no idea who this idiot is who wrote this piece but he knows nothing about Islam.

    What is happening in Europe right now is the start of the forced Islamization of Europe via jihad.

    Unless and or until Chirac decides that these people need to be DEPORTED this type of violence will fester and increase.

    France is such a dumbass country, filled with Socialist and Commies that it’s surprising that they have lasted this long.

    Any city [Paris] that adopts a cop killer [Mumia Abu Jamal] as an honorary citizen deserves that they get.

    Here’s to you Chirac, Villepin and the rest of this effeminate, insufferable nation. You got exactly what you deserved.

    When the multicultural daze wears off maybe you will be able to think clearly again, until then…burn baby burn.

    1. It’s people like you…
      …who give francophobia a bad name.

      Anyway, you think you know more about Islam than I do, with your clichéd kneejerk-xenophobic little website? Quick, what’s the difference between Ismaili and “Twelver” Shia? Which variety held power during the Fatimid dynasty, and in what country? Who overthrew the Fatimids and in what century? What was the first capital of the Umayyad caliphate? What was its last capital, and what dynasty succeeded it? Was Charlemange allied with the Umayyads against the Abbasids or the other way around? Quick, what are the “five pillars” of Islam? Do you know the answers to these questions without looking them up? I do.

      1. Wake up!
        How France has changed! Back in 732, Charles Martel saved western civilisation when his army of infantrymen defeated the Muslim Moors in the Battle of Tours. Before this battle, the Muslim jihadis have been unstoppable as they invaded and swept up the Iberian peninsula. It was not until the 16th century that Islam was to be pushed back into North Africa.

        Another important event in the defence of western civilisation came in the Battle of Vienna. At that time, the Muslim Ottomans was harrassing Vienna for some time, and had already occupied all of south-eastern Europe. Thanks to the bravery of Polish King Jan Sobieski who honoured his treaty with Habsburg to the word, they defeated the Ottomans at the gates of Vienna – an event which would see the Muslims eventually driven back out of Europe.

        Today, we are witnessing a third Muslim invasion. Only that this time, the Muslims are realising that military conquest is futile. Instead, the new Islamic conquest of Europe is being achieved through population displacement. If present trend continues, the population of Netherlands will be Muslim within two generations; and France not long after.

        Wake up, Europe!! You are being eaten up from the heart out. Wake up before they turn you into a continent of Dhimmis, before they turn your cathedrals into mosques like the Hagia Sophia. They have no affinity for your culture. They are out to destroy you! Wake up!!

        1. Oh no, its contagious!
          Another Carolingian nostalgist, it seems. So it isn’t only the Serbs who still can’t get over the Ottoman peril five centuries later. Tell us, why are you so aghast at the notion of a Muslim Europe? It is an inevitable demographic shift, just like that from Anglos to Latinos in North America. What’s the big deal? If our much-vaunted Western democracies are really based on equal rights without regard to faith or ethnicity, why should this even be an isssue? I really don’t get it. Especially coming from a Kiwi, given that the only alien race on your southern borders are penguins…

          1. not so
            nobody said that (Western)) democracies are based on equal rights without regard to faith or ethnicity, in fact the equality of rights is a very new concept, 70 to 10 years perhaps in most of Europe including post-Soviet Russia, and about 40 years in the USA (since mid 1960s), and the concept itself is unique to the liberal democracy model, which by and in itself is an oxymoron of sorts, because… because democracy is the rule of the demos, i.e. the rule of the people, and the majority of the demos, i.e. the majority of the people, in Paris, Copenhagen or Vienna, in fact from East of the Europe to its West, from the North to the South, from Moscow to Lisbon and from Bergen to Athens want Muslims either to be speedily deported or exterminated if deportation fails. Personally I believe the situation is reversible. We also need to hang people like you, although in your case you should be tortured first (but I stop right here, that’s already American area of competence).

        FUCK ISLAM , FUCK THE MUSLIMS…Die motherfuckers, and nobody cares if u know anything about them – how can someone be interested in their fucked-up religion anyway?!

            1. Keep on trolling in the Free World
              Yes, I violated our own policy by approving that piece of detritus. But it was just such a touching example of the inherent superiority of Western culture that I couldn’t resist. I will try to resist such sentimental temptations in future.

  2. from the RED to the GREEN scare!
    Below is an impression I would love to share, particularly with Jewish members on this list. It is a most disturbing impression that can only be ameliorated through collegial discourse, in my view. So I offer it to this list in hope of promoting discussion instead of slander. Reason can change my views as they are fraught with alarm that would appreciation pacification.

    The “Big Red Scare” days of the Cold War were heady days, especially for the once Leninist neocons turned anti-Red propagandists publishing in CIA sponsored media directed at the Left. But those days are gone and many rich careers made in the Conservative Movement fighting the “Red Menace” came to a crashing end. Trade names for think-tanks, publications, publishing houses and other assets could be bought for a nickle on the dollar as the Corporate Establishment and CIA ceased funding of the “Red Scare” propaganda machine and the well payed “experts” had to scramble in search of real jobs.

    Many proved to be as good at scholarship and writing as at their past trade of scare propaganda and they found a niche for themselves in academia. But for the neocons it proved business as usual, for they were able to move from the “Big Red Scare” to the “Big Green Scare.” Green is the color of Islam and the neocons managed to parley venture capital from right-wing Zionist extremist entrepreneurs into a “War
    on Terror” fighting the new Islam scare. Indeed, deeming the Cold War “World War III,” they declared “World War IV” on Islam:

    To be sure, the internationally waged Zionist campaign to label all Islamists “Jihadists” is not new. In its desperate effort to impede global recognition of the Palestinians as a people with national aspirations, the Israeli Government funded lavishly with American
    aid-funds all sorts of front organizations that depicted every act of terror a tactical battle in the GLOBAL Islamist War on the West. Recently, Israeli operative Bernard Lewis was honored on his 90th
    birthday as the first to warn of a new war of the worlds– to the death– between Islam and Christianity which they say he dubbed, a Clash of Civilizations, not Huntington, the author of a book by the same name. Nowhere was his past personal history as agent of an interested party ever mentioned, after all, a basic tenet of this operation is the “Don’t show, don’t tell” inability on the part of us “dumb goyim” Christians to recognize the bias behind his

    To be sure, the neocons would be quick to point out, 9/11 has more than signaled the existence of such a “clash of civilizations.”– but with ALL of Islam? Here again, as in their past Cold War propaganda, the neocons relied on their true and tried tactic of “don’t show, don’t tell,” for we are deemed “dumb goyim” who will not look behind the blaring slogans. The fact is that we, the Christian World, came to
    Islam to conquer it after it had collapsed as a power, not the other way around. And, armed by Stalin, European Jews created out of nothing the state of Israel. Instead of making the Germans pay for the
    Holocaust, we, in fact, made the Arabs pay and pay dearly; the most helpless Palestinians, according to Benny Morris, the Zionist historian, suffered a cruel invasion that caused some more idealistic Israelis to name it “Zionazi” for its exterminationist tactics of
    ethnic cleansing. That 1948 event is, right or wrong, at the root of 9/11, as well as our imperial protection of our “cheap oil” through corrupt regimes we back and protect against their own subjects.

    Through parthenogenesis (eg. self-replication) a plethora of organization was created by a hand full of neocons, much as they did as one time Leninists, to give the impression of a heterogeneous “united front” of view points. For them, 9/11 was not as much of a God-sent as was the coalition they managed to make
    with the Fundamentalist Christians who believe that the Day of Rapture will only come AFTER Israel comes to dominate the Middle East. Coalition with these “Christian Zionists” (though for reasons that can be considered nothing more than an extension of their
    anti-Semitic position) proved to be like a Stalinist Coup per the 1936 Dimitrov designed “united front” that, “neutralizes our enemies and brings them to the service of our cause.”

    Using the Cold War Era and the opportunist Senator Jackson of Washington State, who really thought the neocons would bring him to the presidency, (his hopes were dashed by a massive and fatal coronary) they campaigned for bigger is better strategic weapons and thus in an influence peddling scheme linked the massive American military-industrial complex– that Eisenhower was so weary of– with that of Israel. There was plenty of money to be made and, to date, none of the neocons nor their progeny suffers from poverty. But, the end of the Cold War seemed to put all that in jeopardy; that is, until 9/11 brought an end to the unachievable sure-fire ABM System and gave cause for a “transformation” of the US military into a
    global Christian Expeditionary Force chasing Jihadists all over the globe and promoting– they hoped– Israeli domination of the Middle East:

    But note, no sooner did we reach achievement of one such venture in our war on terror that we abandoned it unaccomplished for yet another. Hence, the masters of 9/11/2001 are still alive and free, today mid-2006, still directing alQaeda in its terrorizing of the world. After all, there’s little to be gained from ending the source of the scare!

    In the meantime, the “Big Green Scare” propaganda is in full swing. For example, the same neocon Hudson Institute that championed more-is-better nuclear armaments for the war against the Big Red Scare is now promoting “expert and great scholar” on Islam Bat Yo’er, an Israeli who lives in Switzerland (like many neocons living in “anti-Semite” Europe instead of the “safe homeland” Israel), from where she propagates the concept of “EURABIA,” which means that Europe has already been taken by Islam because of its inherent weaknesses: (1) anti-Jewish nature and (2) loss of Christian zeal to destroy Islam. Now if that doesn’t sound like an obvious attempt to kill two birds with one stone, I don’t know what does. As Anne Norton notes in her book, ” Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire,” Yale university Press, there is an ongoing a full-court-press anti-Semitic campaign against Arabs and Islam in general, run by the neocons, which I would dub the “Big Green Scare.”

    This campaign has yet another motive: fear that as more and more Islamics settle and succeed in America, they will acquire the economic wherewithal to match the “Israel Lobby” that Mearsheimer and Walt wrote about in their study– but this AIPAC with “I” for “Islam” instead of “Israel”– one seeking to sway Congress, not on Israel’s behalf as does AIPAC, but on behalf of Islam. Such “dumb goyim” are deemed the Christian Americans in Congress, that the neocons fear that, once the Arabs acquire a foothold in American politics, they will draw Congress away from Israel.

    It is most instructive to read how the Neocon Establishment responded to the Mearsheimer and Walt analysis of the Israel Lobby and what is fomented by these neocons– or through their “friends”– about Islam in order to feed the Big Green Scare; it is utter ANTI-SEMITISM!!!

    Here is one sample of the way the case is made:
    part 1
    part 2

    and below is the URL for the Mearsheimer and Walt article that caused such a stir:
    which was so vitriolically denounced by ADL as follows:

    So, it would seem, Ye’or on “Eurabia” is O.K. but Mearsheimer and Walt on AIPAC is “anti-Semitic.” I leave you all to contemplate and further research what’s behind the BIG GREEN SCARE.

    Daniel E. Teodoru

    1. “Dumb goyim”?
      Do real Jews use that charming phrase, or just Jew-hating goys? The dumbest goy around here is you. We’ve heard this blather a gazillion times before. Find somewhere else to spew, willya?