Monday, November 07, 2005

Intifada Spreads to Brussels and Berlin

Intifada Spreads to Brussels and Berlin
From the desk of Paul Belien on Mon, 2005-11-07 12:34

Will the whole of Europe be burning by next week? As was expected, the Muslim insurgency did not stop at the French borders. Last night five cars were torched in Berlin. The cars were set alight in five different streets of Moabit, an immigrant neighbourhood of Berlin, and the Tiergarten area, only a few kilometres away from the seat of the German government. The German police are investigating whether the incidents can be linked to the events in France. Meanwhile, the Berlin police announced that they will step up their presence.

In Brussels, too, five cars were destroyed by fire last night. The cars were parked in Sint-Gillis, one of Brussels’ Muslim quarters. Sint-Gillis is the area surrounding Brussels’ Midi Station, where the Eurostar trains from London arrive. It is barely three kilometres from the European Parliament. The Belgian authorities admitted that cars had been destroyed, but is reluctant to give more details because “the Brussels Fire Brigade is providing no further information in order to avoid knowledge of these acts of violence spreading.” Believe it or not, that is the official explanation. According to the Brussels police there were “only a small number of youths on the Brussels streets.” National radio said this morning that everything is calm. People do not believe it.

In France the violence gets worse every night even though the moderate Union of French Islamic Organisations issued a fatwah stating that “it is formally forbidden to any Muslim seeking divine grace and satisfaction to participate in any action that blindly hits private or public property or could constitute an attack on someone's life. Contributing to such exactions is an illicit act.” When will we hear from the ambassadors of Muslim countries?

In France's eleventh consecutive night of lawlessness more than thirty policemen were severely wounded, including two who were taken to hospital with bullet wounds in their legs and neck. For the first time Christian churches (one in Lens in the North of the country and one in Sète in the South) have also been attacked. More than 1,400 cars were set ablaze. Riots have engulfed the entire country and, like the French revolution of 1789, it is contagious: The rebellion is spreading to Muslim areas in neighbouring countries.


  1. Wasn't it Peter Kreeft who argued that Christians and Moslems should form some "ecumenical jihad" against modernism and permissive morality?

    Maybe now people will realize that preserving what's left of traditional morality in Europe isn't high on most immigrants' agendas.

  2. This reminds me of those mighty words by the great philosopher Marx: workers of the world unite!

    While it isn't quite the same, the jouissance of the text and the wordplay involved, plus some deconstruction I learned when taking some additional Womyn's Studies courses, show that we can apply Marxs' dictum here.

    I hope the quest and desire for social justice spreads. Oh Sam, please don't call these people terrorists or criminals --- that's hate speech. They are social commentators treating society as their text, their clay, their canvas.

  3. Tout a fait!
    Sous les paves, la plage!

  4. Sometimes you have to break a few eggs to make a omelette.

    If a few people have to die or have their precious possessions destroyed in order for people of color to have greater access, then that's the price you pay for capitalism.

  5. progressive christian:

    Rather than working toward social justice, tolerance for peoples of color, and other lofty goals such as you seem to have in mind, might I politely suggest you first simply work toward tolerance and respect in your own dealings with others online? For example, you might begin with using "Steve" rather than "Sam," perhaps, since that would be the correct name of the main author of this weblog?

    I've already pointed this out to you in a previous post, to which you responded (cf. Steve's review of "Revenge of the Sith"). Plus, on your own weblog you used his correct name, thereby indicating that you are at least aware of it. But perhaps you accidentally overlooked this in posting here? That's certainly understandable; you may have been in a hurry or something. In the future, however, it might be a good idea to keep even such seemingly trivial things in mind when responding to others, since care in getting the little things right is often quite telling in whether one is likewise able to get the bigger things right as well.

    Just a friendly suggestion.

  6. Oops, and apologies for not having capitalized your name. That was unintentional.