The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

07 November 2005

What France Means For Talk Radio


Uncontained Riot Recharges Talk Radio's Dead Batteries

If there's one cure for a Supreme talk radio overdose of nomination boredom, it's an uncontrollable riot.

But one in France? Can internal European issues engage American audiences?

While there may have been some doubt last week, there's simply no question it's now become impossible to ignore. And it's a great way to recharge talk radio's long-drained topical batteries.

Aren't the angles clear?

--- Why does the American media insist on avoiding the words "muslim" or "Islam" in coverage?

--- How can Europeans, quick to lambaste America over "slow" Katrina response times, explain France's inability to get a handle on the situation?

--- Why did Chirac, for more than a week, remain silent on the unfolding crisis?

--- Doesn't it prove, once and for all, that appeasement doesn't work? That our enemies look for weaknesses to exploit?

--- Is it the start of a jihad against the whole of Europe? Could it spread to America? Would we tolerate it here?

--- With its increasingly-apparent sophistication and coordination, how did it so easily catch France off-guard?

--- How much worse will it get before the French begin to fight back? Are they capable of defending themselves?

--- Will France ever again be in a position to criticize any foreign government, on any issue?

Columnist Mark Steyn, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, sheds the most light on the situation's stark reality:

Ever since 9/11, I've been gloomily predicting the European powder keg's about to go up.

''By 2010 we'll be watching burning buildings, street riots and assassinations on the news every night,'' I wrote in Canada's Western Standard back in February.

Silly me. The Eurabian civil war appears to have started some years ahead of my optimistic schedule.

As Thursday's edition of the Guardian reported in London:

''French youths fired at police and burned over 300 cars last night as towns around Paris experienced their worst night of violence in a week of urban unrest.''

''French youths,'' huh? You mean Pierre and Jacques and Marcel and Alphonse?

Granted that most of the "youths" are technically citizens of the French Republic, it doesn't take much time in les banlieus of Paris to discover that the rioters do not think of their primary identity as ''French'': They're young men from North Africa growing ever more estranged from the broader community with each passing year and wedded ever more intensely to an assertive Muslim identity more implacable than anything you're likely to find in the Middle East.

After four somnolent years, it turns out finally that there really is an explosive ''Arab street,'' but it's in Clichy-sous-Bois. 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.

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  • Brian,

    your first talking point is absurd, since plenty of MSM reports are using the word "Muslim" when discussing the France riots.
    ** "The country’s biggest Muslim fundamentalist organization, the Union for Islamic Organizations of France, issued a fatwa..."

    ** AP/ Times: "The disturbances have since spread around the country among disaffected youths, mostly of Muslim or African origin..."

    There are plenty more like this (i've also heard it on TV and in newsradio reports), so your first talking point is a red herring. Why must you continue to make things up? Are you that void of actual insights?

    By Blogger Justin, at 07 November, 2005 08:44  

  • Brian - my last two posts feature this issue, along with excerpts of emails from a man in Paris.

    My regular traffic has TREBELED.

    While I AM a fantastic writer, I honestly think this is due to people being thirsty for information that MSM is not providing, as it does not jibe with their world view.

    By Blogger Peter Porcupine, at 07 November, 2005 12:54  

  • I think the driving force here is not so much the terror angle as it is the inability (intentional or otherwise) of European nations to assimilate non-European cultures.

    One of the greatest thing about America is that we ARE that great melting pot. People of Arab descent who are born here have the same access to the American Dream as Asians, whites, blacks etc. They are as much a part of our society as any other ethnic group.

    It is France's unwillingness to have that same access for their "non-French" citizens that has created this situation. This is not an excuse for the rioters, who should be shot in the street, frankly. But it is a situation that didn't have to happen.

    By Blogger Dave, at 07 November, 2005 17:03  

  • Dave - With all the hub-bub surrounding racism in this countyr, we forget that the majority of nations in the world, i.e., France, Germany, Japan, Denmark, etc, and etc., all have a 'blood' and 'legal' standard of nationality, which are not de facto equal. We are a nation of mongrels, which is our strngth and our challange.

    By Blogger Peter Porcupine, at 07 November, 2005 18:39  

  • Quagmire I tell you, Quagmire!!

    By Blogger Scott, at 07 November, 2005 18:51  

  • Peter:

    Just took a look at your site, great stuff there.

    Saw your photos of Healy, Swift, etc.

    Happened to Meet Gov. Romney at the "Nicole's Law" signing on Friday in Manomet.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 07 November, 2005 19:14  

  • So, it took Chirac 12 days to read the French version of "My Pet Goat."

    By Blogger RUMPLEMINTZ, at 07 November, 2005 23:05  

  • Brian,

    You still have not removed/edited this post's first talking point, which is patently false. Are you incapable of admitting a mistake, or do you simply want to stir up unjustified (in this case) hostility toward the MSM?

    By Blogger Justin, at 08 November, 2005 10:26  

  • OT: Al Franken: Gay-Basher.

    “I just don’t like homosexuals. If you ask me, they’re all homosexuals in the Pudding. Hey, I was glad when that Pudding homosexual got killed in Philadelphia.”


    By Blogger V the K, at 08 November, 2005 11:20  

  • Justin - when he WROTE it, it was true.

    Subsequent efforts to catch up after almost twoweeks aren't especially impressive.

    By Blogger Peter Porcupine, at 08 November, 2005 12:30  

  • Peter,

    He wrote it two days ago. I read it within hours of his post, and that morning's NY Times mentioned the word "muslim," as did many prior reports (according to a Lexis search). It may have been true two weeks ago (before the riots, nach), but certainly not when he posted it.

    By Blogger Justin, at 08 November, 2005 12:39  

  • The U.S. isn't a "great melting pot". Just ask all the Gramscians masquerading as "liberals" who push what we now call multiculturalism.

    That Franken thing appears to be a cute little setup by Stuart: if you read the full interview, you'll see he was joking and he was saying that just so people could take him out of context.

    By Blogger LonewackoDotCom, at 08 November, 2005 15:24  

  • Why didn't any MSM outlet remind the people that it was the largest newpaper in France that headlined, "We're All American" on September 12, 2001? Why didn't any MSM outlet remind the American people that we owe our independence to France?

    Why are the right wing slugs crapping on France? Are they so absorbed by their Schadenfreuden that they totally lost perspective?

    There's a problem in France that has to do with their ignorant nationalism, much as we have to deal with here, with Brian Maloney and his ilk.

    But geez, put things in perspective.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 08 November, 2005 19:03  

  • Yeah, the Euros loved 9-11. When America gets bloodied, the Euros are all tea and sympathy. But then when America started fighting back, they decided they hated us again.

    Besides which, I thought nuanced French appeasement of Islamo-fascism was supposed to buy them peace. Didn't work out that way, did it?

    By Blogger V the K, at 09 November, 2005 07:11  

  • Certainly not! And this kind of islamo-fascism will happen here unless there is a REAL conservative--and yes to Justin and Dick Tuck CONSERVATIVE--NOT APPEASEMENT--to take this on--you ain't finding it in Washington!

    These Euro-weenies think that appeasement is the answer? HELL NO!

    And anyone who wants to see America die--I call you a damn traitor.

    Call me a racist, and I will tell you to look in the mirror.

    Call me a fascist like Mussolini and I will get p-o'd bigtime.

    Call me a retard because I am Autistic--and you will wish your mother had never given birth!

    I am a CONSERVATIVE--a HARDCORE, IN YOUR FACE conservative. And I probably won't get any job in politics because I am VERY BLUNT like Michael Savage--I CALL A SPADE A SPADE!


    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 09 November, 2005 18:18  

  • F.Y.I., There are pictures of the "Stern Suspension Protest" here...

    There's an interesting article linked at FreeRepublic from TalkersMagazine. I started a forum for people to discuss talk hosts... I'm hoping people will discuss the ones they actually listen to and leave others they may not agree with alone... The old "if you can't say something nice (or at least in the spirit of constructive criticism), leave it alone deal..." Come visit! Actually, come register and list your web-site. The forum host-site seems to have an anti-spam measure employed where the WWW button doesn't show in the membership list until the user makes a first post. If your favorite host(s) name hasn't been mentioned yet, float a post about them in the General section and see if there are any takers. Hosts who seem to be generating discussion may wind up with their own section. I'd really like for some Liddy and Savage fans to come join before the "haters" show up.

    By Blogger Terry, at 10 November, 2005 10:21  

  • Every time I post something about Islam or immigration I get called a close-minded, hateful bigot. I guess the truth's not in fashion these days.

    BTW, I stole on of your photos and put it on my blog. Couldn't you just feel the 'love' when I did that?

    By Blogger Michael, at 10 November, 2005 16:15  

  • Justin, not all MSM are saying "Muslims" in reference to France's rioting. Carol Lin, CNN Anchor, referred Sunday to the two French Muslim boys that were electrocuted as African-Americans, presumably because they were black.

    A riot, eh? Want to see real terrorist French Fries?

    By Blogger Mike McConnell, at 10 November, 2005 17:02  

  • Gawd. We're so hung up on "labels" that dark-skinned people in France are referred to by a US commentator as "African American"?

    Ignoring the fact that the commentator is a moron and that they were in France, not America, what should they be called? Neo-American protestors?

    By Blogger Snake Eater, at 10 November, 2005 23:42  

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