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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Who's to Blame in France?

The Paris riots are continuing and have spread throughout France, although they have subsided somewhat. So who is to blame? Or the better question is "who contributed to the problem?" I don't know all the ins and outs on the issue, but I was thinking more about this today and came to the (perhaps obvious) conclusion that it is the parents of these rioters who contributed through either their comission or omission or both. Why have they not taught their children that another country was welcoming enough to give them a shot at a better life? Why haven't they taught them to respect the land that welcomed them?

Of course there may be policy issues that are not as favorable as they could be to immigrants, but that does not give you license to destroy the land that gave you a chance at a better life. It's time for people to take some personal responsibility. Look at groups in America and other countries in history who were persecuted underpriviledged. Did they destroy their country? No, they went to work and made it better. Blaming other people for our problems gets us no where. These people have got to except responsibility for their futures and not rely on some government to ensure they have a good life.

Related to this incident; do you think authorities in America would let these kinds of riots go on for so long? I don't think so. Look at what happened in New Orleans. After a few days of looting, a shoot-to-kill order was given. The looting suddenly subsided. When order is at risk an anarchy rules, that is a time when the government needs to step up and provide order.


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