That's what I wrote in 2005!
[Original post headline:] PARIS INTIFADA - CAUSES AND REMEDIES; or why France desperately needs a French version of Rudy Giuliani -
Here are TWO great posts you gotta check out:
EUROTA:"The riots in Paris are exposing the very soft underbelly of Europe. Economic malaise, government failure, and an emasculated response to violence have all played a part in the rampages and destruction of property."and CUANAS:The Paris Intifada: A Cycle of Violence -- The comments section over at Little Green Footballs is just smokin' with good one and two-liners about the Paris Intifada - [and CUANAS HAS CULLED A FEW GEMS!]These two posts led me to a EUREKA moment: what France needs is a RUDY - someone to come down hard on the thugs and set HIGH STANDARDS for public behavior; to be intolerant of intolerable behavior.
As I posted before: the root cause of this latest display of "social unrest" is NOT racism and discrimination and the "just grievances" of a wronged group of people, (as the MSM would have you believe).
The actual root causes are the EXACT OPPOSITE: (1) THE INDULGENCE OF BAD BEHAVIOR BY THE LEFT (over decades); and (2) a generation POISONED BY A HATE-FILLED IDEOLOGY: ISLAMOFASCISM.
When NYC was being savaged by rampant crime and by OVER-INDULGED THUGS RAMPAGING IN THE STREETS WITH NO FEAR OF REPRISALS for more on the CROWN HEIGHTS RIOTS click HERE and HERE) - and the subtle bigotry of low expections - Rudy Giuliani RESCUED the city: he demanded EVERYONE obey the law, or get arrested. IT WORKED.
PARIS NEEDS A RUDY! THE FRENCH NEED A RUDY!
If the French have anyone who can be their Rudy, I think it is Sarkozy. If he can't completely tackle the problem now, maybe he can when he's elected president in 2007? I hope so!
[Color added for umph in 2007]
Here's the DALLAS MORNING NEWS - LAST SUNDAY: Sarkozy is France's best chance for revival
How do you say "Rudy Giuliani" in French? The answer is Nicolas Sarkozy, the brash conservative politician expected to lead the field in today's first round of national balloting in France, culminating in a May 6 runoff to decide the presidency. ... How ironic, then, that the official conservative candidate, Mr. Sarkozy, is the one most likely to shake up the sclerotic system.
He's a scrappy, even arrogant outsider who speaks his mind – and he's given a stiff dose of Thatcherite straight talk about economic reform to the cosseted French. He talks up the U.S. work ethic, and when asked last fall by a French interviewer what it felt like to be called a "friend of the Americans," Mr. Sarkozy said, "That flatters me.
For a French politician, this is heresy. So why is he so popular? For the same reason Mr. Giuliani won in liberal New York: Because Mr. Sarkozy knows what ailing France desperately needs and has the personal audacity to push it through. Yet his damaging instinct for provocation makes him a divisive figure, just as Mayor Giuliani was. ... A Sarkozy presidency would benefit the United States, and not simply because French foreign policy would take a more Atlanticist turn. Mr. Sarkozy's dynamism likely offers the best chance of reinvigorating the French economy. A strong France means a strong ally and trading partner leading Europe.THIS PROVES ONCE AGAIN, THAT T.A.B. IS THE PLACE TO BE FOR THE BEST IN NEWS WITH HARD-HITTING AND ORIGINAL ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY.