Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Duelling Emergency Responders in France

Crime, justice, protection, oppression…. It’s increasingly all a matter of mere semantics, "order" a mere question of perspective, as French banlieus evolve into their own parallel world, seemingly with their own version of emergency response teams.

One world calls the police to report they are being robbed, and sees the police show up to intervene, hopefully early enough to catch the criminals in the act. The other world sees the police as the ones doing the trespassing. Thugs “victimized” by police now summon a veritable locust swarm of fellow gangsters to “rescue” fellow youths from their “emergency”: being arrested.

Case in point, this story from Grande-Borne, of two emergency response teams, colliding from opposite ends of the scales of justice [hastily translated by myself]:

Clashes opposed fifty youths against police officers Sunday afternoon in the sensitive neighborhood of Grande-Borne, in Grigny (Essonne), following the hold-up of a bakery. Around 3:30 pm, a dozen youths attacked the establishment located in the Grande-Borne neighborhood. Just as they were getting ready to leave with the contents of the cash register, the police intervened, said a judicial source. Several of [the youths'] comrades then appeared as reinforcements and began hurling stones and empty bottles against the police, which served to shield the flight of the thieves.

The police reported sporadic clashes that left no one wounded. Suddenly the youths took flight while setting fire to a garbage can. There were no arrests…

[I've lost track of which French blog I first read this story... I'll play it safe and credit the indefatigable BafWeb, the most comprehensive French news site I visit every morning]


dag said...

In Charles' post directly below, there is a quotation from the mayor of a suburb: "Jean-Paul Virapoullé (UMP), mayor of Saint-André, hotly denounced these acts, estimating that the instigator is a “notorious gangster” who “is not of french nationality”. “If [the forces of law and order] can’t protect us from these acts, we will bring about the rule of law ourselves”, he said."

I write on this topic nearly every day in some fashion or other, and it is one of the central pillars of the idea that one must join publicly with ones peers to form a grassroots movement to enforce Reason on the nation, regardless of ones nation, by simply being known in public as those who will not permit rampages and violence and jihad in the West, not in our neighbourhoods. It is essential to sit in pubic and discuss the nature of things with friends and neighbours if only to show that people are willing to sit in pubic and sy there is a thing as right and its opposition. Radical, yes, but essential if we are to forestall vigilantes from needing to take the law into their own hands. The tipping point will be the breaking point. Long before that happens wwe must have a movement of citizens rational and reasonable who know what they want in the form of justice and law and its right enforcement by the legal authorities. If people continue to do othing, as is the general case in France and most nations in Europe, then the vigilantes will of necessity come and the result will shame us all.

I'm reading what should be a backstory for a dystopian novel rather than acute social history: Bruce Bawer, While Europe Slept. For those who care to know more about the situation in Europe this is a ggod introduction. ON page 51 Bawer writes: "As the situation worsen, the masses will inevitbly turn against their leaders in rising numbers. The danger is that, being enthralled for so long to social democracy, and having little understanding of American liberal democracy... they'll swing the pendulum too far to the right. This, indeed, is already happening in some countries. The prospect is not pretty."

Those who continue to live in the phantasy world of a "sophisticated and worldly Europe" should try living there, as Bawer did, or if not live there, then read his book to see at least second hand how feudal it still is. The Europeans are not nice people, they are a pinch away from enraged violence that shames us over an again. If they, and in turn, if we do nothing reasonable soon to contain our jihadi and Left dhimmi fascsit threats, then the European solution will arise among the lands as it has often before. Ys, and if it does come to that we can at least then smile at the fate of the EUrocrats if nothing else. A small cosolation.

tiberge said...

@ charles

I suppose you know Bafweb is shutting down?


This will be the fifth or sixth major loss of a source of information. We've lost France-Echos, Vox Galliae, Occidentalis, Amor Patriae, Limes, Instinct de Survie, and others...

Bafweb sems to feel it can't compete with paper news.

Now I rely heavily on LSB and Daoudal.

Charles Henry said...


Yes, thank you, I had read that, with tremendous disappointment, early this morning. I'm sure my groan was loud enough to wake the neighbors...

I can sympathize; they are probably putting in who-knows-how-many hours every day, and getting very little financial compensation out of it. Blogging eats up so much time... (not news to you, I know!!)
For the larger part of this year I've had to cut far back on my time on the internet in general, let alone writing online, just to stay above water at work. Must be the same with them.

The French blogosphere is different than its anglosphere counterpart; much thinner flock to choose from, it seems, on their side. Here, if a major blog like a Captain's Quarters, or even Instapundit, called it quits, we'd hardly feel the loss. That's not the case for the francophile reader..! Bafweb will be missed.

Have you been reading Francois Desouche's blog? He stands as the heir apparent to the mantle being left vacant by the loss of sites like BafWeb and France-Echos. He's very busy with lots of news and posts every day.

zazie said...

charles Henry,
I also mourn the bafweb....You are right, there are fewer good sites in French than in English ; we still have Daoudal, LSB, as Tiberge points out : there is also François Desouchewho, I think, writes in English and in French ; and don't forget "le conservateur" !
I take the opportunity of this comment to wish you all, atCZ, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year ; I am still very bad at computing, so I couldn't manage to send you a mail!