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Re: Will al-Qaeda co-opt the French intifada?

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

Submitted by Aaron (United States), Nov 9, 2005 at 19:28

Regarding the question of outside co-option of the French rioting (assuming that such has not already taken place), I'd refer you to the following story:

Iran offers to probe French riots

There can be little doubt that Islamist and other extremist interests within and beyond Europe will now be looking (if they aren't already) at indigenous young European Muslims as reservoirs of recruits, supporters, and agents. Politically speaking, pro-Islamists will certainly be happy to offer their services as "mediators" in the present crisis--thereby raising their own profile, power and influence.

Long-term, the wide "no-go" zones within European cities provide strong cover for building up networks of current or future operatives, and for sheltering fugitives or other government-declared undesirables who need a quiet place to cool their heels for awhile until their trail goes cold (even better, they get to stay in the big city near all the action!). The networks can be activated for "tasks" whenever needed.

If I was an Iranian government official looking for a way to hang a deniable sword over the head of France should France ever get too testy about my nuclear weapons programs.... I think I've got a winner.

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