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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

EUROPEAN ENLIGHTENMENT


The French Model

For those who look to Europe as an enlightened, progressive model of civilization, take a look at Paris today.

A very sobering vision indeed.

Perhaps there are lessons to learn from this vision.

10 Comments:

  • At 3/28/2006 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    C'est la vie.

     
  • At 3/28/2006 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    geez, when it comes to riots and burning stuff the French are worse than a bunch of LA laker fans after winning a championship!

    Or Detroit residents on Holloween!

    If the French could ever channell their love or rioting and anarchy into an effective national defense, they would be on to something!

     
  • At 3/28/2006 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Is this the "new" Europe?

     
  • At 3/28/2006 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'll bet that Dubbya and Rummy are putting together a new American Expeditionary Force as we speak.

     
  • At 4/03/2006 4:38 PM, Blogger Virginia Centrist said…

    Didn't we have riots at one point a few years ago?

     
  • At 4/03/2006 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yes, maybe we should mirror the USA immigration policy to France. The French have a very tight guest worker program and often deport undocumented workers, and as you can tell, this has in no way produced a disenfranchised underground of illegals which in turn ripe for fundementalism and terrorism.

    I hope our leaders never look to Europe (and france) as a potential template for reforming immigration in the USA.

     
  • At 4/04/2006 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think the lesson is that no matter how great a nation or empire is or was, the course their leaders set for the future is always rife with dangerous choices. History rarely records times of prolonged stability and contentment for great societies or even the less than great societies.

     
  • At 4/05/2006 12:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Don't know bout history... but seems to me that the French were a bit slow on this idea of democracy, and freedom of regular people to chose their government. And, if I remember correctly, weren't they the ones who really got off on the guillotine thing way before the Islamic Fundamentalist thought of a similar idea to scare the living hell out of everybody?

     
  • At 4/11/2006 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am actually kind of proud to be an American.

    When our politicians come up with bad ideas, the people can take to the streets and peacefully protest by the hundreds of thousands with relatively little violence and lawlessness. Not always the case, but yesterday's immigration demonstrations acquitted the American way of political activism well I think. Am I being to Nationalistic for thinging this way?

     
  • At 4/11/2006 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i have to agree, i belive the french government has yieled and given in to the student/anarchist and what did they do? riot some more!

    Sure we have our share of problems in the USA, but we also do some things right too...for sure

     

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