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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Quote du jour

Two in a row for Juan Cole:
European settler colonists or "immigrants" have caused far more trouble in the Middle East than vice versa.
That's from an informative post about the riots in France, something Cole seems to have a decent handle on, having lived in France and visited several African countries from which many of the immigrants came. Cole sees the problem as much more one of racism and economic inequality, not of religion. He points out that a high percentage of the population in France is not religious, whether they are nominally Christian, Muslim, Jew, or whatever. He explains:
The kind of riots we are seeing in France also have occurred in US cities (they sent Detroit into a tailspin from 1967). They are always produced by racial segregation, racist discrimination, spectacular unemployment, and lack of access to the mainstream economy.