Saturday, November 12, 2005

A Kind
And A Gun

I believe the riots were purposefully instigated by Jihadi cells who were sent into Europe, specifically, to foment riots, in order to destablize governments. However, it is very possible that I am completely wrong in my analysis.

Oliver Guitta, over at the Counterterrorism Blog, seems to have some sort of information which would indicate that I am wrong. So, here it is:

I just finished an article re the real implications of the French Islamists in the latest wave of violence in French suburbs.

Here is an excerpt:

In fact, the French suburbs where radical Islam is most entrenched have been quiet. As terrorism expert Alain Bauer wisely observed:

"The radical Islamists would rather see the return of calm so they can act quietly."

Most radical Islamist Web sites I've browsed are calling on rioters to put down their rocks and molotov cocktails. One exhorts Muslims "not to give ammunition to the Zionist Nicolas Sarkozy scum who has now shown his real face as an Israeli terrorist" -- a reference to the country's hardline Interior Minister.

Obviously, Islamists are not calling for calm out of sheer kindness. Their true motive is that they wish to become indispensable actors on the national political stage. They want to be viewed as an intermediary between the French state and the young Muslims of the banlieues or, ideally, all Muslims.

This is the same strategy that has long been embraced by the Union des Organisations Islamiques de France (UOIF), an offshoot of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, and the second largest Muslim organization in France. Like other Islamist groups, the UOIF has been hard at work in France's Arab suburbs since the mid-1990's, radicalizing young Muslims and spreading the message that Islamic values are incompatible with a secular, multicultural society.

Yes, and they've been very successful at it. So, one could understand that certain Islamists would want to continue that strategy.

However, one of the wisest things I have ever heard anyone say, on the subject of politics, was uttered by the character Don Vito Corleone, in Mario Puzo's book The Godfather:

"You can get far with a kind word, but you can get a lot further with a kind word and a gun."

The truth is, the Islamists will have more success if they divide themselves into a political wing (of power brokers and negotiators), and a military wing (of terrorists). The terrorists can periodically commit acts of barbarity which will scare the citizenry, and government of France. These acts of barbarity can then be used by the political wing to gain further concessions.

The reality is, this is precisely what has occurred as a result of these riots. The French government has agreed to give the neighborhoods where the Muslims live, a huge infusion of cash, and government programs.

Not bad for a few nights work.