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It's Not Just Paris

There are Islamic riots in Denmark as well, if Viking Observer's translation is reliable. And the Danish press, no hostage to political correctness (unlike much of the western media), isn't afraid to call it what it is:

Saturday morning a 16-year-old Somali boy was incarcerated, accused of aggravated assault, as he friday evening threw a cobblestone through a window in the bakery. The stone passed closely by baker BÝrge SvalÝs face. ..

He calls himself 100 percent Palestinian, born in a refugee camp in Lebanon 19 years ago, and now out of work in Denmark.

"The police has to stay away. This is our area. We decide what goes down here".

And then the bit with the drawings of the prophet Muhammed comes around:

We are tired of what we see happening with our prophet. We are tired of Jyllands-Posten. I know it isnt you, but we wont accept what Jyllands-Posten has done to the prophet", he says aggressively, and the others nod approvingly.

"Planned for three weeks."

Good way to kick off Ramadan.

Though I have to ask Henrik, or the Danish paper, how a sixteen year old was born nineteen years ago. The number 19 clearly occurs in the original article, but I'm pretty innocent of Danish, and can't tell from the previous graf whether or not it's really sixteen, and Babelfish doesn't do Danish. I certainly don't see anything like the word "seksten," which a Danish-English dictionary informs me is the Danish word for sixteen (and it seem eminently plausible, given that Danish is a Germanic language).

[Update a little later]

You know, despite the reluctance of the media to use the "I" or "M" word, I can't help but believe that this (long but insightful) essay by Theodore Dalrymple is related to this story.

Posted by Rand Simberg at November 02, 2005 08:55 PM
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Uhm...I can read Danish and I checked the original newspaper article. The translation omitted a subheading that would have made the transition from one topic to another clearer. Main thing is that the 16-year-old Somali rock-thrower is a different individual from the 19-year-old Palestinian born in a refugee camp in Lebanon.

Posted by Dwight Decker at November 2, 2005 10:41 PM

Main thing is that the 16-year-old Somali rock-thrower is a different individual from the 19-year-old Palestinian born in a refugee camp in Lebanon.

That's what I was suspecting.

Posted by Rand Simberg at November 2, 2005 11:29 PM

You didn't pick up on the "we wont accept what Jyllands-Posten has done to the prophet" thing?

I'm not sure if it's this drawing or something similar that has caused such riots... and an international incident with egypt too, search jyllands-posten muhammed in google.

Posted by meiza at November 3, 2005 05:28 AM

Interesting stuff Dalrymple writes - these articles follow up on it as well:

Posted by BJ at November 3, 2005 06:32 AM

I'm waiting for Bill White to explain how the riots are all about Denmark's and France's dependence on Middle East oil.

Posted by Leland at November 3, 2005 08:21 AM

Does this really surprise anyone? Isn't France and much of Old Europe essentially trying to get a free ride off the backs of Islamic immigrants? I thought that was the point of all their entitlement programs?

My question is, when does this happen in Germany? Will it? I think the Germans are a few years behind France on the curve, but a very different people - will they be able to avoid this mess?

Posted by David Summers at November 3, 2005 12:01 PM

Mr. Summers;

I don't see how Old European nations can be expecting to get a "free ride" off immigrants who are heavily dependent on welfare payments and shut out of the job market. How, exactly, is this "ride" extracted from them?

Posted by Annoying Old Guy at November 3, 2005 01:26 PM

I don't see how Old European nations can be expecting to get a "free ride" off immigrants...

The original idea was to get fresh young workers (since the French stopped making babies) who would take the blue collar and service jobs, supporting the "civilized" natives who would get the cushy office and management jobs.

Obviously, it didn't work as planned.

Posted by V-Man at November 3, 2005 05:11 PM

V-Man: That's it! Perfectly and succintly exposed.

Posted by Miguel at November 3, 2005 10:22 PM

it's not as if the refugees were forced by western countries to come there...

Posted by meiza at November 4, 2005 04:11 AM

Let's forego the Schadenfreude. Europe's mess is ours too. How can we encourage our cousins to crack the whip while they still possess it?

Posted by igout at November 4, 2005 01:40 PM

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