Monday, November 07, 2005

The Jihad Is
Worldwide and
Part III

I do not believe the Paris riots started spontaneously. I don't believe they are the result of the frustration of povery, or racism, or education. To be sure, those are contributing factors. Those are the kinds of things that make people almost angry enough, but there must be a match to light the fuse. And, I don't buy that the deaths of two teenage boys - who, absurdly, jumped a a fence and landed on a transformer - lit this fuse. You can bet there have been many more provocative encounters between the police and teenage boys. In fact, there probably was one earlier in the week, and the week before that, and the week before that.

So, why do I think the riots started? I think we will soon find out that these riots were coordinated by a Muslim organization of some sort. Likely, this organization will have ties to international terrorism. Likely, funding is coming from Saudi Arabia, or Iran, or both. I'm really going out on a limb here, aren't I?

Here's my reasoning:

A week back, a riot began in Denmark. The motivating factor was the Mohammed cartoons published by Jyllands-Posten newspaper. When a reporter showed up to interview the rioters in Denmark last week, he met teenagers who told him they were expecting him:

Four youths sit by the wall in Rosenhøj Mall Sunday afternoon, calling themselves spokesmen for the groups that three nights in a row have ravaged and tried to burn down a restaurant and other stores.

"We knew you would be coming. We are spokesmen", said a young man with a black knitted hood on his head. He was angry. Very angry. "We are tired of what we see happening to our Prophet. We are tired of Jyllands-Posten. We won't accept what Jyllands-Posten has done to the Prophet", he says aggressively, and the others nod approvingly.

"This area belongs to us", the youths proclaimed. "The police have to stay away. This is our area. We decide what goes down here".

The boy then informed the reporter of his nationality. Even though the rioters have invariably been identified in the media as North African youths, this one, this "spokesperson," was not African. No:

He calls himself 100 percent Palestinian, born in a refugee camp in Lebanon 19 years ago, and now unemployed in Denmark.

Yes, the intifada come to Paris.

All of this suggests some central planning authority What teenager would think to call himself "spokesmen"? Even if they were saavy enough to realize reporters would show up because of their rioting? He then went on to inform the report that, indeed, their riot, there in Denmark had been planned:

"We have planned this for three weeks. That is why only two were arrested Saturday night. The police will cordon it all off. But we know the ways out ..."

But, the question is, were they centrally planned? Now, check it out, as best as I can tell, those quotes, from the Danish rioters, were uttered on, or around October 31. If the riots were planned three weeks before, then, let us think about what has happened in the preceding three weeks. That would take us back to October 10th. Well, we know that Ramadan began on October 5th this year. Does that mean anything? Have there been a rash of highly coordinated attacks, and or riot activity since October 10th?

October 13th: There was a coordinated urban attack by 150 Islamic militants on a school and airport leaves at least forty-four civilians and law enforcement personnel dead. 44 were murdered and 64 were injured.

I must say, though, it is my inclination that that attack was not the result of the same planning session that produced the riots. But, there were other incidents in the past few weeks which did look suspiciously like these riots in Denmark.

First, there were riots at a Coptic church in Egypt on October 21. In this incident, Muslims rioted because one year previously a play had depicted Muslims rioting. When the priest at the church was asked about the riots, he commented that he couldn't understand why they were rioting over something that took place the previous year:

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) -- One person died and more than 90 were injured as thousands of Muslims rioted outside a Coptic Christian church Friday to denounce a play deemed offensive to Islam. The Interior Ministry described the protesters as "fanatic elements" who "escalated a negative reaction to a play."

The ministry said about 5,000 Muslims marched to the church after Friday noon prayers at mosques.

"The police tried to prevent (the demonstrators) from approaching the church and attacking it, but the protesters did not heed the warnings and started to hurl stones at the church, security forces and pedestrians," the ministry said.

The riot was sparked by the distribution of a DVD of a play that was performed at the church two years ago. The church's director, the Rev. Augustinous, said it was difficult to explain the reaction to a one-time performance that took place two years ago.

Then, on October 23rd there were riots in Birmingham, England. In that case, Muslims rioted after a meeting where they had gotten together with leaders of the British West Indian commitee to discuss a reported rape of a West Indian girl by a group of Pakistanis:

The riots erupted after members of the Afro-Caribbean and South Asian communities held what police and media said was a peaceful meeting

... In an echo of the situation in Egypt, the victims of the rioting were surprised, even shocked, at the sudden turn of Muslim anger:

The woman, quoted by Britain's domestic Press Association, said she had seen around 100 Asian men congregating outside an Asian shop, put on hoods and masks and heard them say they would get weapons.

"We thought they were joking."

But no, they certainly weren't joking:

The Sunday Times newspaper said a gang of up to 30 Asian youths began throwing stones at some of the 300 people attending the meeting in the church. Meanwhile, a woman, who asked not to be named, said she saw South Asians attacking blacks and heard later that a 20-year-old black man was stabbed to death.

Then, the French riots started. French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has declared that the riots show evidence of having been highly planned. As we have seen, the Danish riots also showed signs of having been planned. In the case of the French riot, once again, the motivation is questionable. As I noted, I don't believe the death of the boys is the reason. Instead, I think it is more likely that all these riots are motivated by the Jyllands-Posten cartoons.

I believe this confluence of rioting betrays strong evidence of all these riots having been planned by a central authority because of; The fact that all of them were started for highly questionable reasons. The fact that, in the case of the Egyptian and Brimingham riots, the victims were shocked at the sudden change in the mood of the Muslims. The fact that the Danish "spokesmen" admitted that planning had been executed three weeks prior.

And there's one more thing to take note of. In the case of both the Danish and French riots, the rioters are rioting on a schedule. This demonstrates that it is not mere anger which drives them to riot. Most riots burn themselves out in a matter of two or three days at the most, because the rioters, driven by rage, wreak havoc until they fall to exhaustion. The French Muslims are almost on bankers hours. There is an air of joie de vivre to their efforts:

"We have found our thrills: playing with riot police in the evening," one 22-year-old told an Agence France-Presse reporter yesterday. "In the day, we sleep, go see our girlfriends, play video games," the young man continued as a half-dozen youths nodded. "And in the evening, we have a good time: At 9 p.m., we go and fight the police."

Does that sound like the lifestyle of a young man enraged by racism, classism, and lack of opportunity? Of course, all riots are partially made up of opportunistic hellions, but these are different. When asked, the rioters are all on point, naming off their grievances, as if from a list of talking points.

Interesting, huh?