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For Once, I Admire The French

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The gulf between British and French treatment of preachers of hatred and violence was thrown sharply into focus yesterday when France announced the summary expulsion of a dozen Islamists between now and the end of August.

A tough new anti-terrorism package was unveiled by Nicolas Sarkozy, the interior minister and a popular centre-Right politician.

His proposals reflect French determination to act swiftly against extremists in defiance of the human rights lobby, which is noticeably less vocal in France than in Britain.

Imams and their followers who fuel anti-western feeling among impressionable young French Muslims will be rounded up and returned to their countries of origin, most commonly in France’s case to its former north African colonies.

Mr Sarkozy also revealed that as many as 12 French mosques associated with provocative anti-western preaching were under surveillance. Imams indulging in inflammatory rhetoric will be expelled even if their religious status is recognised by mainstream Muslim bodies.

Those who have assumed French citizenship will not be protected from deportation. Mr Sarkozy said he will reactivate measures, “already available in our penal code but simply not used”, to strip undesirables of their adopted nationality. “We have to act against radical preachers capable of influencing the youngest and most weak-minded,” Mr Sarkozy told the French daily Le Parisien.

The first to be caught in the new round of expulsions is an Algerian, Rena Ameuroud, whose brother Abderraham was jailed in France earlier this year for his part in a jihadist training exercise in the Fontainebleau forest south of Paris. He faces immediate deportation for allegedly urging fellow-worshippers at a Parisian mosque to engage in “holy war”.

At least seven French nationals are now known to have been killed while fighting with anti-coalition insurgents in Iraq, in some cases as suicide bombers, the minister said. A further 10 are believed still to be there. France, which has Europe’s largest Muslim population with estimates varying from five to nine million out of a population of 60 million, has long prided itself on its stern approach to terrorism.

My distaste for the French is well-known. But let’s give credit where credit is due.

The French are deporting the leaders of a potential terroristic fifth column. Good for them.

Now, why doesn’t the US government do the same thing? Is multicultural political correctness really more important and valuable than the lives of those Americans who will almost inevitably be murdered by terrorist scum in the near future?

Of course not. So let’s follow France’s lead, and evict the hate-mongering imams who come to this country only to denounce it and encourage “holy war” against it.

And if the ACLU whines about it, tough s**t.

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  • komodo

    Backtrack through the blogs on http://www.DebbieSchlussel.com and see some examples of why we have some of these potential problems.

  • RJ

    Thanks for the link, komodo. 😉

  • I was filled with profound admiration for the French two months ago when they rejected the EU Consitution in their referendum … and like you, I approve of how they’re not acting like human-rights sissies when it comes to these poisonous clerics … The French, to their credit, don’t usually fool around with these jihadist state-spongers.

    Fortunately, now that Britain has finally woken up to the problem, we’re planning on shipping out a whole load of these scumbags too. The sooner, the better.

  • And who would we deport first?

    During World War II, thousands of people thought they would be deported. Instead they were taken by force to internment camps. They lost their jobs. They lost their homes. They lost most of their valuables. They lost all those things they thought they might be able to hand down to their children and grandchildren.

    Some people were deported from Latin American countries (i.e. Mexico and Peru) at the request of the US, taken to Texas and at the end of the war, were asked to leave because they were undesirable aliens.

    Citizenship wasn’t an issue. Blood and ethnicity was. My grandparents weren’t allowed by law to become naturalized citizens because they were from Japan. The same law kept Pilipinos, Koreans, Chinese and other undesirables from becoming naturalized citizens. They could not own land. They could not vote. They could not live where they wanted. For the Pilipinos and Chinese, these laws changed as their former countries became part of the Allied forces. For people like my grandmother, this did not change until the 1960s.

    So now I ask who would we deport first?

    Should we have deported the Persians when Khomeini rose to power?

    Should we now deport Iraqis? Or just Muslim Iraqis or all Muslims?

    France has a long history of treating Algerians as second-class citizens–Muslim or not. I find that sometimes such circumstances leads one to confuse modernization with Westernization with assimulation with marginalization. It is possible to modernize without being Westernized. But what does this author consider Westernization to entail?

    Here during World War II, people were pressured to give up their faith (Buddhism or Shinto). They were asked to give up their rights. Those that did were considered good citizens of the second class variety.

    Within their communities they were considered sell-outs or bananas.

    During the McCarthy witch hunts, to be a good American was to not be communist or to send money to a communist country, even if your mother lived there as in the case with the Chinese American community here and Mainland China. Should we have then deported all the communists and all the Chinese?

    Should we have deported all the black civil rights leaders, back to Africa?

    Perhaps you don’t remember that people did call for the Persians and the Arabs to be rounded up. In Los Angeles, the Japanese Americans actively opposed this.

    The UK brutally handled the Irish Catholics. The unfairness of the system was exposed with the Gilford Four and the Birmingham Six. I don’t think the British would be experts on the subject of handling terrorism.

    I’m guessing that no one who commented so far has had a brother, sister, grandparent who was considered part of a fifth column in the US.

    So I ask again. Who should we deport first? Should we require Iraqis, Afghanis, Iranians and Muslims to sign loyalty oaths just as the Japanese and Japanese Americans were required to do in the 1940s? Should we deny certain naturalized citizens the right to free speech? Should only certain people by color or religion be able to speak out against the war in Iraq and the PATRIOT Act?

    I see a great potential for what the French are doing to be used as a control to prevent ethnic Algerians from getting their civil rights and justice. I see a chilling effect on Islam and the rise of racism and prejudice against Muslims in France.

    Remember, last year France banned the wearing of head scarves by Muslim women and girls in public schools.

    Of course the Imans and other Muslims are speaking out against Westernization in France. What else does one do when one doesn’t get respect?

  • Eric Olsen

    French women rock

  • Lee Larson

    The situation is hopeless. The only solution for the revival of Civilization, or The White Western World, or whatever one chooses to call it, is the removal, by one means or another, of foreigners. #And we know that isn’t going to happen. The civilized world is being destroyed by multiculturalism and political correctness.

  • Krishna

    Well I live and born in Australia and it’s defenitely one of the best countries in the world and I’m proud of it. Now pointing out to the article I think it IS best to deport these radical extremists. The last thing we need is for these freaks to be killing innocent civilians: In europe, asia, america and oceania.

    The values of the community needs to be maintained and protected – if these people don’t wish to “integrate” and accept and enjoy the values they should simply just “get out,” we don’t need people who hate their own country they live in.

    Now we have a so-called cleric in Australia which everyone hates with good reason. This fellow Australian born is exercising his believe that Australian women deserve to be raped because they wear revealing cloths. The fact is so what if they where these kinds of cloths? It’s their choice and who the hell is this moron to tell women what to wear or not? I still don’t know why this idiotic hatred spreading moron still has not been deported.

    This problem needs to be fixed if we wish to have stability and security for our society.