Wednesday, November 09, 2005

If President Chirac thought he was going to gain peace with the Muslim community in France by taking an appeasement line in the Iraq war, it certainly looks like he miscalculated. Today the streets of the French capital are looking more like Ramallah and less like the advanced, sophisticated, happy Paree image Monsieur Chirac likes to portray to the world, and the story, which is just starting to grip the world's attention, is full of ironies. The French-African underclass with their pimped-scooters, bling bling jewelery, i-pods, cell-phones and golden teeth claim that they have no future.

One is tempted to suggest that Prime Minister Sharon send a note cautioning Monsieur Chirac about cycles of violence.