Recently we were treated to a week of America bashing by the liberal socialist mainstream media when a catastrophic hurricane hit the gulf coast near New Orleans. The world was going to end, and it quickly became a blame game. But what does this have to do with France apart from the French Quarter? Here it is. Did we not hear over and over how this can't be America? Maybe in some far away third world, but not here. The whole world is watching and seeing the death and looting. The obvious racism and lack of response.
Well, I contend what we really had a glimpse of is the effect of forty years of socialism's failure. And we have today a friendly comparison to make. In Gay Paris all is not well. Four nights of riots in a Paris suburb. In response to the Interior Ministers goal of cracking down on crime. Say it isn't so! And, horror of horrors, police actually fired tear gas into a Mosque. Its the end of the World as we know it. At least in Paris the police have not joined the rioters yet. But the choice comments come toward the end of the piece. French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who will be running for President soon, had this enlightening thought:
"I am perfectly aware that it is not in three days or in three months that we will make up for 30 years," he added, vowing to crack down on gangs and drug dealers in the suburbs.
Am I hearing this correctly? The French are complaining about thirty years of socialism? My black and white pat world view is crumbling... But in to save the day is the former Socialist Prime Minister Laurent Fabius (who probably wants to be Pres. too) with the final suggestion how to solve this terrible situation:
"We need to act at the same time on prevention, repression, education, housing, jobs ... and not play the cowboy."
Oh good, the stars came back into alignment. That should save the day. Notice how socialists, even in France, hate Bush? And what does this wonderful prescription amount to? Spending someone else's money to prevent, unrepress, educate, house, and employ some group of people that apparently can't do it for themselves. That philosophy has worked well in N.O. and in Paris, might as well keep it up.