Start of Eurabian War – Mark Steyn

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Mark Steyn is interviewed by Hugh Hewitt and discourses on the Eurabian war now raging in the suburbs of Paris on Radio Blogger.

MS:I’m actually thinking of going to Paris. I went to one of these suburbs that’s currently ablaze three years ago. And what was interesting to me is I had to bribe a taxi driver a considerable amount of money just to take me out there. They’re miserable places. But what was interesting to me is that after that, I then flew on to the Middle East, and I was in Yemen, and a couple of other places. And what was interesting to me was that I found more menace in the suburbs of Paris than I did in some pretty scary places in the Middle East. I mean, there is a real…this, I think, is the start of a long Eurabian civil war we’re witnessing here.

HH: Or the U.K. for that matter. Now, it’s the seventh night of rioting as we speak, and it got very violent last night. I don’t know what’s going on tonight. Do you…how do they solve this? I mean, what do they even do in France to get a handle on this?

MS: Well, I think this is the dispute that’s going on between Monsieur Sarkozy, whose the, what passes, I think, for a conservative figure in French politics, who really wants to crack down, and who wants to say to these people you can behave like respectable French citizens, or we’re going to take action and we’re going to clean up these street. And then Monsieur de Villepin, whose currently the prime minister, whose line is basically that we should accommodate their grievances, and all the rest of it. And judging from Chirac’s speech, where he says we have to understand their grievances and their alienation, I think the European tendency to appease these people is coming into play in the French cabinet. And I would say the one consequence of that is that a lot more people are going to be voting for fringe parties in the next election. We forget. The last presidential election, 20% of the French electorate voted for the fascist candidate.

HH: Mark Steyn, how do you account for the indifference or ignorance of the mainstream media in America?

MS: Well, I think this is now basically becoming a willful effort at misleading. It’s not just the United States. Other countries, too, are reporting this as their youths, or their French youth. And it isn’t until you get thirteen paragraphs into the story, and they’re quoting one of these youths, and you realize he’s called Mohammed, that it occurs to you that there might be an ethno-cultural religious component to this situation. And this is absolutely grotesque, because the one…I’m sometimes accused of being terribly pessimistic when I speak in North America. And I always tell Americans and Canadians, that the one great advantage people have, you know, everything may…there may be a lot of bad news in the world, but the one advantage North Americans have, is that Europe is ahead of you in the line. And you have to learn what’s happening. You have to confront honestly what’s happening with these disaffected Muslim populations in Europe. I mean, most of the September 11th bombers, the Millenium bomber, a lot of these people all passed through various parts of the European welfare state. It’s relevant to U.S. security, too.

HH: Now, two nights ago, John Howard warned of an imminent terrorist attack in Australia. Yesterday, the British commissioner of metropolitan police said the sky is dark. I have to think that this is the chaos around Paris is the perfect opportunity or context in which if they have any cells, those cells would want to strike. Don’t you agree with that, Mark?

MS: Well, they had surface to air missiles that were smuggled into France recently. And it was very interesting to me that the defense that was mounted of this, that the reason we shouldn’t worry, is because they were intended for non-European targets.

HH: Oh.

MS: So apparently, it’s okay if terrorism is conducted in Europe, as long as it’s against selected targets. And that’s, I think, really what a lot of this was about. You know, the Europeans have been tolerant of, for example, Palestinian terrorism for years, and of the intifada that’s been going on in France against synagogues and Jewish schools and Kosher butchers and all the rest. And now, it’s moved on to more general targets. They’re suddenly finding it’s kind of harder to appease these people.