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They are poor so whats your point?

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Submitted by John Giannasca (Australia), Nov 8, 2005 at 17:29

We listen time and time again that these people feel marginalised, but they never really tell us how or why. They are poor. Right, got that, so whats your point. They obviously went to France to get a better life. Well I'm not sure how you measure this but they probably have a much better physical existence than they did in North Africa. I think the point is that they are not as well off as the other French people so they are envious.

There is only one way to solve this problem and it is not by giving in to them, it is by the wholesale repatriation of these people to their country of origin. Then and only then will they come to the realisation that life in France isnt that bad. When you come to new country with a lack of skills and no desire to assimilate it is most probable you will not do well. How much responsibility the French government has to take is arguable. They took these people in when nobody else wanted them. They shoud get a couple of brownie points for that.

The argument for this being a social and not religous revolt has merit, but the argument seems to fail when all the protesters are muslim, they shout Allah Ackbar as they destroy and the moderate muslims sit on their hands doing nothing to condem the thugs.
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