Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Fertile Ground

The situation in France is worrisome. There are those who see this as poetic justice – something France deserves. But I do not share their view – whether France deserve this – or whether it was a creation of their misguide policy - this affect us all. The situation is potentially dangerous for France, for Europe, and for everyone. This is a perfect condition for Islamic fundamentalists to exploit the situation to their advantages.

Before I go on about the threat of Islamic fundamentalism, let me disabuse some of the preconceptions. The riot in France in its current form has little or no Islamic overtone. This is because the kids (and they are kids) are not religious or religiously motivated (and many rioters are not Muslims). The majority are children of Muslim descents who rarely attend mosques. They cannot read the Koran because their first and prefer language is French not Arabic. Therefore their motivation is not Islam.

Nonetheless, these kids are now extremely perceptible to Islamic propaganda and recruiting. They are angry at the authority. They are in despair. Their only prospect is perpetual poverty in a welfare state with no future, no dignity, and no hope for a better live. We have seen this before, in the US and elsewhere. In the US, often children such as these join criminal enterprises. In the cities, they joined the Bloods, the Crips, and the Maras. In the rural and suburban area, they joined the Aryan Brotherhood or the Ku Klux Klan. Or they became anarchists, communists, and other fringe political groups.

Among the North African youths of France, they are the fertile ground for Islamic fundamentalism. All it takes is the sowing of seeds. Just imagine these kids who long for a purpose and meaning come into contact with charismatic Islamists (who are plentiful in Europe). Now they are simply burning cars and building. Years from now, they will trade their Molotov cocktail for a suicide vest.


Blogger Dingo said...

good Post Mihn. It is much the same reasons we have riots in the US. There are cultural aspects to it, without doubt, but most of it hinges on economics.

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8:28 AM  
Blogger Dingo said...

and let me apologize for spelling you name wrong.

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Blogger Pedro said...

Minh-Duc, it's been a little too long since you've done any Hayek-blogging.

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