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Paris Riots

Reader comment on item: Weak Brits, Tough French

Submitted by Ko (China), Nov 13, 2005 at 04:08

Dr Pipes is correct, that French policy toward terrorists and the roots of the present riots are two different things.

However, I would stand on my previous remarks in this thread regarding the strength of the British system verses the French and note that the rioting in France has not spread to Britian for the very reasons I mentioned.

Is a country weak on security but strong on social and economic integration weaker than one with the opposite characteristics?

I bet my money on Britian. I believe it can improve security faster and easier than France can address the complex social and economic problems at root of the rioting (if ever; if they have the will and the means).

Dr Pipes?

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Excellent question. I am more inclined to bet on the French. My reason is that they have more of an abiding sense of cultural appreciation for what it means to be French.


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