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Monday, May 07, 2007

Is Africa Coming to Europe?

I was just reading an article in the Economist about Nigeria's presidential elections that ended in violence and fraud. Then, the right-wing candidate Nicolas Sarkozy won the French presidential elections and immigrants resorted to violence:

"On election night, scattered violence was reported around France. There had been fears that the impoverished suburban housing projects, home to Arab and African immigrants and their French-born children, would erupt again at the victory of a man who labeled those responsible for rioting in 2005 as "scum." Police reported that 270 people were taken in for questioning and that 367 parked vehicles had been torched. On a typical night in France, about 100 cars are burned."

"Late Sunday, small bands of youths hurled stones and other objects at police at the Place de la Bastille in Paris. Some bared their backsides at riot officers behind their shields, and police fired volleys of tear gas. Two police unions said firebombs targeted schools and recreation centers in several towns in the Essonne region just south of Paris."

The poor economic situation of France, which would have gotten much poorer had Royal been elected, has endangered the state of European democracy. The question is whether Sarkozy can liberalize the country's economic structure without fear of further acts of violence against people and their property.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The question is whether Sarkozy can liberalize the country's economic structure"

France is dead. When a culture has died, nothing is left except the economy.

The West should have kept muslims and non-whites out.

Now that Europe is dead and there are no nations anymore, do you think that anarchocapitalism would work?

May 07, 2007 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fjordmanin artikkelissa http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2007/05/communism-for-21st-century.html oli mielenkiintoinen kohta:

" A poll carried out on behalf of the Organization for Information on Communism found that 90 percent of Swedes between the ages of 15 and 20 had never heard of the Gulag, although 95 percent knew of Auschwitz. “Unfortunately we were not at all surprised by the findings,” Ander Hjemdahl, the founder of UOK, told website The Local. In the nationwide poll, 43 percent believed that Communist regimes had claimed less than one million lives. The actual figure is estimated at 100 million. 40 percent believed that Communism had contributed to increased prosperity in the world. Mr. Hjemdahl states several reasons for this massive ignorance, among them that “a large majority of Swedish journalists are left-wingers, many of them quite far left.” "

May 11, 2007 5:04 PM  

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