Urban Unrest Unsettles France as Riots Continue to Spread

November 7, 2005

  • November 7, 2005 at 9:42 am
    Anonymous says:
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    I must say that I find the coverage of this story HIGHLY inappropriate for posting on the Insurance Journal, a publication I have come to respect. Since it is unsigned I assume that it has been picked up by the AP or some other news agency, as the employees of the Insurance Journal are unlikely to have the \”insight\” that this so-called reporter has. \”It\’s easy to blame the rioters…\” Are they not to blame for their actions? Nothing, no extenuating circumstances, justifies their actions. People have been killed and injured! People\’s neighborhoods–including their own–have been destroyed! When one person kills, it is called murder. When thousands kill, plunder, and destroy, it is called a movement. And apparently, here, a righteous one.

  • November 7, 2005 at 12:43 pm
    Patty says:
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    Yet another good reason not to go to France

  • November 7, 2005 at 1:40 am
    ZFrench says:
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    I agree with \”Anonymous\” (–by the way that is a \”french\” derivitive). Society, et al the World must blaming others for thier own issues! Certainly there is a government problem, a cultural problem, and you shake a little French arrogance on top of that an things are explosive. Nonetheless the blame game is for armchair ultra liberals. Individuals are responsible for their own actions.

  • November 7, 2005 at 2:30 am
    hors d\'oeuvre says:
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    At least these \”youths\” were identified as Muslims in this article, something that the \”mainline\” press, including NPR, is trying not to mention.

    It is inconceivable that the burning of 1,000+ cars a night is the spontaneous consequence of disaafected kids. Face it: the Intifada has opened a branch in France.

    Jacque Chirac is no doubt wondering why he is being treated to this behavior after he took such pains to appease the Muslims before the Iraq war.

    As to the idea that this topic is not fitting for an insurance newsletter: underwriters should take note when they see politicians wilting before the Muslim tide, and set premiums in their countries accordingly.

  • November 7, 2005 at 4:39 am
    JR says:
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    I believe that this unrest will flow over into other small surrounding countries. I also think that Germany will get a piece of this. It\’s only my own humble opinion, but when France & Germany \”stood down\” on the Iraq situation, they thought they were \”buying peace\”. It is just the opposite, their actions have now made them appear to be weak and unresponsive. I wish them well, as I don\’t want to be sending my sons over there to rescue them for a third time!!! (For those of you not old enough to remember WWII – we\’ve already done it twice!!)



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