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Reader comment on item: Does Europe Have No-go Zones?

Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Jan 24, 2015 at 12:28

Dear Daniel Pipes,

This why I'm a Democrat rather than a Republican. But I don't wish to imply that I'm unpatriotic, or would rather live in some other country in the world; the United States does not have an easy solution for its social woes. As someone once said (I para-quote), "The United States always does the right thing - after it exhausts all its other options."

The quote which I use here, as the title of my Comment, is taken from the last sentence of this excellent analytic article by

"Michael B. Katz is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His most recent book, co-authored with Mark J. Stern, is One Nation Divisible: What America Was and What It Is Becoming (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006). This article is based on the author's presidential address to the Urban History Association in January 2007. A much longer and fully documented version will appear in the Journal of Urban History (January 2008)."

He also uses the expression "segregated ghettos" which might adequately replace your "no-go-zones." However, what's by far more interesting, is his analysis of the difference in managing these regions of our respective sovereignties, American and European. And I don't think, like you do, that you've identified a unique phenomena; rather, what unique, is Europe's inability to manage the situations brought on by the huge populations of the "others."

Here's the excellent 2007 article by said Prof. Michael B. Katz:

"Why Aren't U.S. Cities Burning?"



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Daniel Pipes replies:

Thank you for the comments and the link to the Katz article. I hope to offer a fuller interpretation of this phenomenon soon after having traveled in Europe some more.

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