Things have changed in France since the riots, (which are still 'winding down'). The Bored Moslem Youth or Euro Mujahedeen are forcing the French authorities to re-examine some of their traditional French standards. Most noteworthy of these is the standard which determines how many car burnings and business torchings per night is normal. Abe just down the road at Don't Let Me Stop You has all the ugly stats. I'm guessing the French will be making numerous adjustments to normal.
Update - and more: The rioting was caused by the polygamy practiced in the wicked banlieus. The French prefer the 'mistress' system pf philandering, but the Moslem polygamists just wouldn't assimilate.
Not on the point, but regular readers will appreciate this: the polygamy link above is from a self-styled "independent, non-partisan, and mostly liberal-to-moderate blog". Here is what this cat has to say about our self-styled 'Republican' Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel.
Hagel on Bush, Iraq, and the patriotism of dissentThanks again, Senator Chuck Hagel. Your folks here in Nebraska are getting fed up with your undermining the President. I guess this post started out to be about the French riots. Hagel acts French; he is a defeatist; he reminds me of the morose French Foreign Legionnaires I've known. They always were whining about Viet-Nam, too. Professional losers. All their celebrations were of infamous defeats and dreadful routs.
He's a good man and, here, he's absolutely right: "Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) strongly criticized yesterday the White House's new line of attack against critics of its Iraq policy, saying that "the Bush administration must understand that each American has a right to question our policies in Iraq and should not be demonized for disagreeing with them."
More: "To question your government is not unpatriotic -- to not question your government is unpatriotic."
Who are the real patriots? I'm with Hagel.
These nerve pills aren't working.