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Reader comment on item: Reflections on the Revolution in France*

Submitted by alessandro nicolo (Canada), Nov 9, 2005 at 09:03

Ironies abound. After spening much of Bush's term villifying his foreign policy and chastising American social issues, the French have one of their own.

For an alleged sophisticated society, they show little wisdom on how to confront a deep social malaise in their midst. As for the concept of socialism- that should have been able to prevent this by creating a brotherhood - socialists and elitist's mistake their assumptions for compassion when all it adds up to is appeasement. Socialism simply sweeps any issues and problems under the rug never to confront it.

Europe is a curious place where its citizens are running ahead of socialist policies and are growing impatient with it. It's a place where nationalism remains strong and behind the refinement I can't help but see a hollow shell of severe paralysis. America must avoid this path. Luckily, religion plays a stronger role in American life. There does not seem to be a rampant secular posturing there. Voltaire on philosophical steroids is one ugly dude.

The press, for its part and unsurprisingly, will indeed play the 'social injustice' angle - it's part of the indulgent guilt festival that has become a part of our secular ethos. The press will never come forward and question the legitmacy of such violence and to subsequently denounce it outright as acts of barbarity. In these politically correct times, this would not be sporting of them. Besides, who needs Dr.Elsmary coming at them with allegations of racism? They would much rather seek 'root causes' and justifications. Never pointing the mirror back at the Arab Muslim community. There is simply no justification for these actions.

Then again, some Americans found in them to somehow jusitfy the criminal murders of 9/11. Above all, what surprised me is the reaction of my family in France. They are downplaying the whole affair as a slight disturbance. Either they are politically savvy or they just don't want to realize it.

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