Rioters defied a state of emergency that took effect Wednesday, as they looted and burned two superstores, set fire to a newspaper office and paralyzed France's second-largest city's subway system with a firebomb.
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"Yes, I do agree, they are terrorist and they should be given 'no quarters.' In other words, deal with them harshly and swiftly. Capture them all and deport them, additionally, place a 'ban' on any other Muslims trying to enter Europe as a whole. We collectively need to crack down on these terrorists; they come in all shapes and sizes. France is now feeling the pain for being too weak with these clowns. Crack down, jail them, then deport them all." — Thomas (New York, NY)
"The difference between protests, riots and terrorism is a matter of degree, as well as a matter of viewpoint. The last becomes critical when whatever it is takes place in your neighborhood, as then it gets a lot more important. A car burning in another country is interesting to watch on the news; but if it's your car, suddenly it jumps from a protest in Paris to terrorism in ________(insert your home town)." — Roger (Lilburn, GA)
"This is another example of the French attitude of 'let them eat cake.' That didn't work out so well either as I remember." — B. (Texas)
"Before you'd speak you'd better come here and see what's really happening instead of listening to silly journalists who are just trying to frighten you. You'd better think before you speak. And we don't need and don't want your help; you'd better go and help your own victims of Katrina, your poor and useless soldiers in Iraq. Oh, it's true, you never have problems in the States. Everything is nice, like in Hollywood. You think you live in Disneyland or what? Wake up Mickey, you're not making sense this time. Solve your problems before talking about the other ones! And then, if you came here, you'd know it has NOTHING to do with Muslims, it's just a fight between rich and poor people." — Amparo (Paris, France)
"The riots are unacceptable behavior. Since when has it been right to destroy other people’s property and kill people because you’re not happy with the status quo? When did this type of behavior become acceptable? And since when is the solution appeasement? Doesn’t appeasing this type of behavior condone it? Since when is it acceptable to move to another country and then expect that country to change to suit your beliefs? I can’t see my being allowed to move to any other country in the world and expecting them to accommodate my language and my beliefs." — Angela (Alexandria, VA)
"The French, once again, are demonstrating their ineptitude in dealing with the Muslim problem, in particular, the radical Muslim mentality. Although this situation is admittedly complicated and there seems to be no clear indication at this time that the recent French riots are the direct work of Islamic fundamentalists, this activity fits the Muslim fundamentalist mold. At the very least, this situation is a potential catalyst (or rallying cry) for unifying radical Muslims in their violence against the West. This problem will not just 'go away,' as I'm sure the French are counting on — in vain hope, I might add. This movement can only be stopped (IF it can even be stopped) by decisive, crushing opposition. Unfortunately, I have serious doubts about France's level of resolve in dealing with this situation. It is my contention that France is the weak underbelly of the West and lacks the necessary will to fight for its own life." — Bill
"Any deliberate act that strikes terror in the heart of another individual should be considered terrorism." — Jennifer (New York, NY)
"What would you call them? Peaceniks?" — Patrick
"What many fail to realize in this situation is that a good number of the rioting 'Muslims' or 'immigrants,' terms which have been bandied about, may not be either! Many French youth of 'Muslim' descent were BORN IN FRANCE. They are FRENCH, second-generation, whatever you want to call it. And many do not even practice Islam, many of their parents don't even practice! It's not a religious problem; it's a social problem. Don't blame it on Islam. Don't blame it on immigration. Cars have been burning in the Toulousain banlieues of Reynerie and Mirail for decades — the French ‘ghettoization’ of Arab and African descendants-of-immigrants has created a hotbed. Let's see the French crisis for what it is and not for what would justify American uber-patriotic sentiments." — Abby (McLean, Virginia)
"The word 'terrorism' is in danger of becoming meaningless – it’s used for everything. No the French riots are not. France’s problem (and soon to be ours if we don’t figure out how to close our borders) is too much immigration. ANY society that accepts too many immigrants too quickly will have to deal with the resulting culture clash. The U.S. will have our own problems with immigration if we don’t learn from the French situation." — Chris (Ithaca, NY)
"Absolutely! By definition a terrorist is 'a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities.' Terrorism is 'the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.' Is this not the actions of those reaping havoc in France and is this not their intent? You bet it is!" — Sally
"These are not terrorists, these are idiot youths who only need a fraction of a reason to declare anarchy and go wild in the streets. However I find that France's policies have allowed this to happen, by letting the world's worst refuge in their country, and also i have talked with people who have been to some of these 'suburbs' and say they are nicer than most ghettos of equivalence in America. So to me, it looks like violent influenced teens want to strike out for any reason fathomable. They all deserve deportation or jail." — Harry
"I really don't know what I can say about what American people are saying, I'm French and I have an American girlfriend. I love America, but I can't understand how people can say that about us. I went to Miami two months ago. Have you seen the suburbs there? It is worse than our suburbs. We can really talk about black and Hispanic ghettos! Compare to the USA, we don't chose our immigrants, and there is the problem! Please don't teach us about how to govern our country. Have you seen what happened in New Orleans? It is worse than what is happening in France. I know we had different opinions in the past, but friends are like that, sometimes they disagree. But this is the definition of friendship; friends and allies have to support each other. We aren't different, I know that I have many American friends and they are like my second family." — Matthieu (Bordeaux, France)
"Why does everyone insist on calling them 'Muslim' riots? Those who are rioting don't seem to be doing so in the name of religion, but rather because the country that imported them for cheap, menial labor refuses to integrate and acknowledge them as part of French society. These people happen to be from countries that are predominately Muslim; would we call them "Christian" riots if it were poor Spaniards rioting? I don't think so. Let's not muddy up a legitimate debate with apocryphal religious undertones." — Margaret (Des Moines, ID)
"They aren't terrorists they are people that have been pushed and manipulated to extremes." — Joe (Wasilla, AK)
"This is reality rearing its ugly head. France's failed government and poor leadership is the soul culprit for this debacle. Racism, along with an elitist mindset manifested the situation. Terrorists may be using this unrest for recruiting young disillusioned teens but they are not the core antagonists. The Caucasian French have historically considered themselves above all others, and that ideology has repeatedly come back to slap them in the face." — Chip (Charleston, SC)