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Letter From Paris
Not from me, but to me, from an eloquent and informed friend who’s lived in Paris for many years. She writes of the bleak future she sees, in France, in Europe, and in the world, for all of us “infidels”:

Chère Amie,

In the humble opinion of Mme Tout le monde (= Jane Q. Public) that I am, and at having seen the situation on both sides of the Atlantic & all the way up to Holland, Denmark & is not what anyone in the West does that will make a difference. These people are out to kill us all & they begin hitting us at our weak point, our Achilles' heel, or should I say the specific way in which democracy works in each country, to hurt us. It it interesting to watch how they use our democratic ways against us starting with freedom of speech, hence the hateful "prèches" (=imam's preachings). The most galling is their treatment of their women whom they force by either threat or brainwashing to wear the veil & that they turn into walking tents – these poor women who, for the most part - want to wear modern dresses, jeans & make-up. In their will to destroy us, most obvious are the symbols of US capitalism & might both inside & outside the US, and the freedom enjoyed in all Western countries, with its great corollary, freedom of speech.

Like said in one of the articles I sent you, they want to impose the dark ages back upon us, which is a difficult pill to swallow for us in the Occident, children of the Siècle des Lumières. Since the end of the 18h century, in aspiration of freedom & equality, most western countries, starting with the United States & France, went thru some type of revolution (rather violent in France). It has taken us over two centuries to attain all the rights for all citizens & as we seem to reach to point of accomplishment, these dark fanatic knights want to bring us back to the time of Inquisition.

I ask her about an article she sent me (laïcité is secularism):

Regarding the second piece, is there a difference in the way immigrants are dealt with here - vis a vis English "multi-culturalism" vs. French "integration"? Is there really integration? Or is there just an attempt at it -- with laïcité, the headscarves, etc. It seems immigrants who believe in killing the infidel and hating western civ are a real problem here. -A
Her response:
You ask if there is a difference in the way immigrants are dealt with in France vis-à-vis English “multi-culturalism” vs French “integration”. The way I understand it, this is not the problem. Whether they are treated well or not, put in ghettos or not, are given equal opportunities or not, nothing will change the fact that they want to do away with our way of life. Period. France has been a land of immigration & integration for centuries. Refugees came to France for the same reasons tourists do. Its freedom, its way of life, its facility of assimilation after one generation, i.e. thru their children who attend French schools, l’école de la République. It is very much the same in the United States. On the other hand, the Muslims do not want to assimilate or to integrate, whichever way you want to say it. They do not want their children to be educated as petits Français. You should see how these kids disrupt classes, how they refuse to study certain subjects.

My hair stands straight on my head when I hear Americans speak of the way Muslims in France live in “ghettos” & how they are treated by the French. It simply is not true. If in their quarters there is violence (knifing, gang rapes, beatings, delinquency, drug dealing etc.), it is not gangs of French kids going there to do it, it is the Muslims (or whatever they should be called) who are doing it. It is Muslim gang against Muslim gang. The many gang rapes are of their own young neighbor Arab girls! Then they go out & gang up against the French. When you hear of anti-Semitism in France, of vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, do you believe one minute French people do it? No, it is the delinquent Arabs in France. But nobody is saying it because these “Arab kids” are second or third generation, thus French nationals. And also because stupid "political correctness" is a must. So, who destroyed graves in a Jewish cemetery? “French” people!

Amy, I have lived in France a long time -- over thirty years -- and for a quite a long time, I have foreseen what’s going on in France now. In fact, in the 1980s, I was telling a very dear American friend of mine (we are like sisters) in California my fears for the future of France. She could not believe me & said “You are racist.” Racist I was not, I just was picking on things that were shocking me. Like a conversation I had with an Arab man – rich, handsome, de culture Européenne as the French like to say. That man told me, “Do you know why we come here to study & work? Simply to learn your ways, know you, understand you & eventually do away with you.” I was flabbergasted by the turn the conversation had taken. That guy could not have been clearer.

Nowadays, I still talk to Arabs whenever the occasion arises, never to those of “quartiers difficiles”, but to well-to-do ones who live in the better parts of Paris or suburb. I wish you would try it sometimes! Within ten minutes at the most, the conversation turns into a litany of our ills, then pure hatred of the Occident comes out. I am yet to hear one of these men (or women, as they are as vicious) have a word of compassion for 9/11 or any terrorist act perpetrated in Europe, because Europe already got its share of bombings, which many Americans in the U.S. do not seem to be aware of. Ask the Parisians about les attentats du métro Saint-Michel ou de la Rue de Rennes (bombing attacks in Paris, about ten years ago), to mention only these two !

In the opinion of most French people, it is only a matter of time for terrorism to hit again. And it is my opinion also. What will be hit in France beside public transportation, department stores & markets? I see the Louvre, Notre Dame cathedral, Versailles, nuclear power plants, schools, hospitals…I also think that Arabs will be killing Arabs in France, Arabs such as the rector of the Mosquée de Paris. They’ll slit his throat right in the Mosquée because he shows no hatred for the French.

Amy, forgive me for sounding so pessimistic, but that is the way I see the future in Europe. With these people, there is no talk possible, no common grounds, only escalation of the hatred & killing of the Infidel. It is going to be a bloody war of religion. And yes, it is going to be WWIII.

Posted by aalkon at July 27, 2005 8:58 AM

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Kewl post, Amy.

Posted by: Crid at July 27, 2005 6:17 AM

A writer to Sullivan's notes what we're up against.

Show of hands: Do people think this is worth world war three?

Posted by: Crid at July 27, 2005 7:07 AM

Crid -

I think the writer is clearly stating the point that we're already in WWIII, whether we care to acknowledge that fact or not.

The Israelis learned long ago how to deal with this type of nihilism - kill or be killed. Khobar Towers, Lebanon, our embassies in Africa, the first WTC bombing - all happened before 9/11, and were direct precursors to that fateful day. We chose not to respond to these tests of our will to fight back, and so here we are today.

Whether or not people agree with the current WOT, we can't disengage from a movement that threatens the entire Western World. I wish that wasn't the case, but the rest of Europe seems to be finally coming to the same conclusion.

Posted by: Dmac at July 27, 2005 7:57 AM

Thanks, Crid...although credit belongs to the writer, who is a very private person --- but extremely interesting, informed, and insightful. My rage at Susan Spano's drivel in the LA Times comes from the fact that it is what it is -- which is a grocery list of her meanderings to buy muffins in ritzy arrondisements -- and what it isn't: anything even remotely insightful and interesting as this.

There's plenty to be learned here in Paris -- from both smart and stupid examples. One need only open her eyes and stop focusing on dog poop and how the cheese stinks up the refrigerator.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 27, 2005 8:10 AM

The only disagreement I have with your correspondent is her statement that the French aren't responsible for the conditions in the Muslim ghettos. We have the same problems with violence and crime in the U.S. with public housing projects in urban areas. It has to do with public policy, multiculturalism, and political correctness. The French are directly responsible for that.

Posted by: nash at July 27, 2005 8:17 AM

My relatives were immigrants -- weren't yours? Mine weren't violent criminals...were yours?

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 27, 2005 8:46 AM

Abject poverty combined with a belief in an afterlife can be a pretty lethal combination. I heard a very articulate Islamic fundamentalist in Pakistan on the radio a couple of days ago, talking in support of suicide bombers. He said something like, "You are lovers of life. We love death. For us, life is a cage, and death is a release from the cage. You will never win."

My response was to shut off the radio and inhale a box of Ring Dings. I am trying to make the most of this cage I've got here.

Crid -- I really wish Britney Spears had squeezed in a tour through Pakistan before wrecking her figure with a pregnancy.

Posted by: Lena Cuisina, Bulimic Infidel at July 27, 2005 9:45 AM

Abject poverty combined with a belief in an afterlife can be a pretty lethal combination. I heard a very articulate Islamic fundamentalist in Pakistan on the radio a couple of days ago, talking in support of suicide bombers. He said something like, "You are lovers of life. We love death. For us, life is a cage, and death is a release from the cage. You will never win."

Then, let's give these people what they want. Now.

Posted by: John O at July 27, 2005 11:37 AM

Thanks for the laugh, Mr O (any relation to "O" in Pauline Reage's novel?) My only concern with your recommendation is "collateral damage." Otherwise, it does sound like a merciful act of euthanasia.

Posted by: Lena, oh at July 27, 2005 12:22 PM

You can't make an omlette without breaking a few eggs.....

Maybe we can get Disney to set up a carnival ride to the afterlife for them. They could set up a London Subway ride for them to "blow up".

I was getting a manicure today, and I read in the Us Weekly that Britney just wants to have sex all the time now that she is pregnant. I am so disappointed to have that thought rattling around in my head I can't even begin to tell you.....maybe them muslims is right. If anyone needs the burqua, it's Mrs. Federline.

Posted by: John O at July 27, 2005 4:09 PM

That and a rhinestone muzzle.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 27, 2005 4:23 PM

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