posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 02:57 PM
The riots, at their root, stem from dissatisfaction regarding housing conditions for immigrants right? The people burning cars and beating police
nearly to death are upset because they don't live in nice, safe houses, like most people in Europe.
Well, the oldest fact about immigration, no matter what country you consider, is that newly arrived immigrants spend several generations in poverty
and danger, and then over time integrate into the system completely and find a niche.
The same thing happened in America with Chinese, Polish, Irish, Italian, and every other immigrant group. It happens to be well accepted that if you
move to a new country, with nothing but the clothes on your back, you and your family will have to live in squalor for several generations.
After a while things get better, but it takes hard work and perseverance. Burning cars and throwing molotoc cocktails at tourists is a great way to
get your neighborhood bulldozed and everyone who looks remotely like you shipped off to country of origin X.
The police are understandably more interested in keeping things from getting worse rather than trying to make them better. It's a powder keg
they're sitting on, and I don't blame them for their timid reaction to the riots. Everyone's hoping it will just sputter out.
Unfortunately, it only appears to be gaining momentum.
I don't know what I'd do in Chirac's place, I honestly don't. He could deploy military troops to the effected neighborhoods, but that would more
likely than not result in more deaths, and more unrest. He could simply authorize police to round up every male out-of-doors after six o'clock or
something, but that would, once again, result in even more unrest.
I honetly can't see a viable solution to this problem that won't make it worse or fail to make it better.
The same things have happened in many different places because of the treatment of immigrants. I'm not sure of any recent examples on this scale, it
certainly seems to be quite bad by any measurement.