Mark Steyn nails it….
Mark Steyn nails it.

The notion that Texas neocon arrogance was responsible for frosting up trans-Atlantic relations was always preposterous, even for someone as complacent and blinkered as John Kerry. If you had millions of seething unassimilated Muslim youths in lawless suburbs ringing every major city, would you be so eager to send your troops into an Arab country fighting alongside the Americans? For half a decade, French Arabs have been carrying on a low-level intifada against synagogues, kosher butchers, Jewish schools, etc. The concern of the political class has been to prevent the spread of these attacks to targets of more, ah, general interest. They seem to have lost that battle. Unlike America’s Europhiles, France’s Arab street correctly identified Chirac’s opposition to the Iraq war for what it was: a sign of weakness.

Weakness in that they were afraid of what their non-assimilated Muslim population might do in response. Well, doesn’t seem to have helped.

(Some have said that this violence is related to economics; that it’s the poor rebelling. Well, why is it that the poor Christians, Jews or Hindus aren’t a major part of this? As Steyn notes, the “Arab street” is indeed exploding, just not where the anti-war folks thought it would.)

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