I do not condone rioting in any form. It's grossly uncivilized behavior. That does not justify the uncivilized, biased reporting, that is being vended by the press. Violent riots have occurred in both France and Australia recently.
Important Note: Both riots were sparked by the actions of Arab, Palestinian or Muslim youths, breaking the law.
French Rioters Shoot at Police, Fire CrewsIt appears, in the first paragraph, Jamie would like to convince us that French youth are only acting on their pent up frustration over lean welfare checks, and police chasing lawbreakers into an electric insect zapper.
By JAMEY KEATEN
Associated Press Writer
Nov 03 11:45 AM US/Eastern
AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France - Rioting youths shot at police and firefighters Thursday after burning car dealerships and public buses and hurling rocks at commuter trains. France's government faced growing pressure to curb the violence, fueled by anger over poor conditions in suburban Paris housing projects.
French rioters not linked to radical Islamic militants, officials and experts sayMore apology coming from AP. Now they must be desperate to dissassociate their adopted constituency from being tied to global terror merchants. Sure, they are all just structured gangs. Sure, we are all just prematurely speculating.
By: Associated Press - France has been rocked by riots since Oct. 27, and many of the youths throwing rocks and gasoline bombs are the French-born children of immigrants from North Africa and West Africa. The country is home to more than 5 million Muslims, many living in impoverished housing projects that have been epicenters of the unrest.
Rioters shoot police as French president promises crackdownI will give you one guess who's opinion they are talking about. Even that guess doesn't count.
Last Updated Mon, 07 Nov 2005 06:32:42 EST
Many people view the violence as the expression of pent-up anger by the country's unemployed and underemployed youth, particularly in Muslim immigrant communities, and as a sign of the difficulty North Africans have experienced in trying to integrate into French society.
Let us fast forward to the riot events in Sydney:
(AP)Rioters Smash Sydney Stores, Cars
The violence shocked Sydney, a city of 4 million that prides itself on being a largely harmonious cultural melting pot.
One government lawmaker, Bruce Baird, said anti-Muslim resentment that has risen since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States and the 2002 Bali bombings in Indonesia that killed 88 Australians also played a role.
Local residents say there have been frequent minor racially charged confrontations on Cronulla beach, but never anything close to the scale of Sunday's unrest.
It certainly didn't take long for the press and local officials to identify the racist cultural hate brewing behind this riot. This may even be true! What I would like to know is, where was that sort of visual and journalistic clarity during the French riots? Well... it gets better.
Now we have the Reuter's story, on the Sydney riots, that plays both cards:
(Reuters) Police seek to stop third night of Sydney unrestThe first night, it's all about 'racist whites'. Take note Reuters doesn't mention any racial or political motivations behind the attacks on two lifeguards, by the downtrodden Arab youths. Reuters also didn't think twice about keeping all this juicy racism information, in the story, sans editing. Then, several paragraphs later, during the 'STRIKE BACK' riot, Reuter's and local officials package the information about the Muslim riot response this way:
Racial violence erupted at Sydney's Cronulla Beach on Sunday when some 5,000 people, some yelling racist chants, attacked youths of Middle Eastern background. Police said white supremacists incited it.
But some politicians laid the blame squarely on racism.That's right folks. This article starts with Arab or Lebanese or Palestinian youths allegedly beating up lifeguards, followed by evil white racists, beating up Arabs and Muslims, followed by general banter implying racism on both sides, ending with an argument that the ethic minorities, and not the poor classes in general, are just victims of, you guessed it, evil white racists and downtrodden social conditions. I don't remember any mention of downtrodden social conditions for Lebanese Muslims, when they were raping young Australian girls, in the name of cultural tradition, back in the late '90's. Shhhh... don't tell anybody.
"We are just getting a sample of what happened in France a few months ago," said Labor opposition politician Harry Quick.
"We have reached a pressure cooker stage here. People of ethnic minority in Australia are just taking things into their own hands."
Do these people make this crap up as they go along?