Saturday, July 30, 2005

The FRENCH Did Something Right???

It Gauls me to say this (sorry – couldn't resist), but the French actually implemented a good idea. In the article linked by the title of this post, the French have started taking advantage of legislation that allows them to deport imams (Muslim ministers) who urge their followers to engage in holy war or who otherwise preach "hatred". If the imam has become a French citizen, their citizenship is revoked and they are then deported.

One statement in the article really grabs my attention:
His proposals reflect French determination to act swiftly against extremists in defiance of the human rights lobby, which is noticeably less vocal in France than in Britain.

Assuming this is accurate, one must wonder why. Two possibilities come to mind. The first is that France has one of the largest Muslim populations in Europe (8% to 15% according to the article) and the government is thus forced to take a very realistic view of what could happen to their country if they were to assume the same set of pacifist ideals they push on the rest of the world.

The second possibility is that, since they are generally of the same leftist tilt, human rights advocates believe the French government is very unlikely to make mistakes. Therefore they are willing to let the Franks slide so long as they continue to oppose the war in Iraq, religion, etcetera.

Getting back to the implementation itself, I'm not so sure that this is a good idea after all. If a wasp is sitting over your doorway, you don’t move it somewhere else. You kill it. Likewise, if someone is urging others to commit violence against civilians, either kill them or put them in prison. Eliminate the threat, don't postpone it by putting it somewhere else unfettered.

Okay, I feel better. For an awful moment there I was worried that congratulations would be in order for the French.


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