Saturday, November 05, 2005

Paris Burning: Toronto Next?

Media reports continue to refer to the Islamic uprising in Paris as riots, as though they were a mere civil disturbance that could be quelled by reading the Riot Act, or firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds.

What is happening in Paris has passed beyond mere riot and into insurrection. Unlike with a riot, those responsible are not simply an angry mob bent on a little bloodshed and plunder, but an organized and disciplined force whose aim is to force out the civil authorities of France from their communities.

Amir Taheri explains in the New York Post :

In some areas, it is possible for an immigrant or his descendants to spend a whole life without ever encountering the need to speak French, let alone familiarize himself with any aspect of the famous French culture.

The result is often alienation. And that, in turn, gives radical Islamists an opportunity to propagate their message of religious and cultural apartheid.

Some are even calling for the areas where Muslims form a majority of the population to be reorganized on the basis of the "millet" system of the Ottoman Empire: Each religious community (millet) would enjoy the right to organize its social, cultural and educational life in accordance with its religious beliefs.

In parts of France, a de facto millet system is already in place. In these areas, all women are obliged to wear the standardized Islamist "hijab" while most men grow their beards to the length prescribed by the sheiks.

The radicals have managed to chase away French shopkeepers selling alcohol and pork products, forced "places of sin," such as dancing halls, cinemas and theaters, to close down, and seized control of much of the local administration.

A reporter who spent last weekend in Clichy and its neighboring towns of Bondy, Aulnay-sous-Bois and Bobigny heard a single overarching message: The French authorities should keep out.

"All we demand is to be left alone," said Mouloud Dahmani, one of the local "emirs" engaged in negotiations to persuade the French to withdraw the police and allow a committee of sheiks, mostly from the Muslim Brotherhood, to negotiate an end to the hostilities.

These Islamic-dominated suburbs that ring Paris and other major French cities were already regarded as "no-go" zones by the police, into which they would not venture as a matter of policy.

If the French government does not crack down with martial law, and maintain a permanent police presence in these suburbs afterwards, it will have effectively ceded sovereignty to an Islamic state within France.

France is learning a bloody lesson: that it cannot appease a culture and religion whose adherents believe that it is their sacred duty to conquer the infidels by force and subjugate or kill them.

Many of the same problems that led to the rioting in Paris are being recreated here in Toronto. Although our populations of unassimilated immigrants are more ethnically varied than those in Paris, and therefore less likely to unite as one force against the rest of Toronto, there are enough young Muslims in this city influenced by extremists who will rise up in riot under the right circumstances.

Reports that Canadian citizens have gone to fight with Iraqi insurgents sound even more ominous than before. These young men will return trained and experienced in urban warfare techniques against the best trained and armed military forces in the world. They will teach others, and they will be ready to take on the police and armed forces here.

When the time comes, they will set Toronto ablaze.

And our politicians haven't got the courage, like their French counterparts, to do anything about it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

this is just racist nonsense.

and you completely ignore the multi-racial political forces in toronto. on every major political issue in toronto there are multi-ethnic and multi-national alliances. this is evident in the anti-poverty movements, the trade union movements, the anti-war movements, immigrant and refugee justice movements, and so on. you're totally out to lunch on how politics works in toronto and are simply fear mongering from within your own racist white social space.

a more interesting question to ask is why the Annex white middle class and the white suburb morons are so racist and complacent and complicit in the extreme exploitation of people of colour in toronto, whether it's in the hotel, restaurant, garment, janatorial or service industries.

you also ignore the class divisions within immigrant communities. as a result, you depict immigrant communities are homogenous spaces, without divisions, etc. the result borders on a racist paranoia of immigrant and non-white spaces in the city.

to educate yourself more about the city, please read the work of Roger Keil and Stephen Kipfer, two urban political economists from york university.