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Sunday, November 20th, 2005

A PLETHORA OF PARAMILITARIES

This is probably not cutting edge information but it is a good program of Iraq’s privately organized armed groups. Can’t tell the players without a scorecard.

Hat tip to Dave Dilegge at The Small Wars Journal

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

RETROSPECTIVE ON THE FRENCH RIOTS

Most of the commentary on the rioting in France seemed to focus on the socioeconomic angle, something very comfortable politically to American liberals as it recalled the racial discrimination that created the 1960’s ” long hot summer” riots in this country. The second largest segment of opinion dealt with Islamism in France which American conservatives harkened to as it fit the current War on Terror framework. Very few commenters, notably John Robb, discussed the role of criminal gangs controlling TAZ in French suburbs for years, in spreading the riots.

I thought I would put forth some of the more provocative evaluations on the riots from some different ideological and theoretical perspectives that emerged as the rioting ebbed.

Haaretz Interview with Alain Finkielkraut” via Marc at The American Future

Why Paris is Burning” by Mark A. LeVine at HNN

C’est la Guerre ” by William Lind at DNI

Reflections on the Riots in France” by Dr. Michael Scheuer in U.S Cavalry On Point

My own commentary, circa day 10, can be found here.

Interestingly enough, the high rise public housing in some poor French suburbs is a very familiar sight to me or anyone from Chicago, resembling the 1950’s and 1960’s housing projects like Cabrini Green and the Robert Taylor Homes built by the first Daley administration. The solution to gang-rule and drug trade warfare in these buildings ultimately was to begin demolishing them; neither the city of Chicago’s very tough police department nor the Feds were ever able to reestablish order there after the 1980’s. Even the much publicized ” move-in” to Cabrini of Mayor Jane Byrne which flooded the projects with uniformed and plainclothes police, could not break the grip of Chicago’s paramilitary street gangs like the Vice Lords, the Black Gangster Disciples and the El Rukns over the projects.

It will be interesting to see if the French state can impose its rule-sets in these suburban zones that the French government itself admits have been beyond their effective grasp or if ultimately they will try a ” tear down and disperse” solution along with social and assimilation programs.

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

COMMENTARY’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM

This is pretty impressive. Commentary asembled the following public figures to debate and evaluate the Bush Doctrine:

Paul Berman, Max Boot, William F. Buckley, Jr., Eliot A. Cohen, Niall Ferguson, Aaron L. Friedberg, Francis Fukuyama, Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., Reuel Marc Gerecht, Victor Davis Hanson, Owen Harries, Mark Helprin
Daniel Henninger, Stanley Hoffmann, Josef Joffe, Paul Johnson, Robert Kagan, William Kristol, Robert J. Lieber, Richard Lowry, Edward N. Luttwak, Joshua Muravchik, John O’Sullivan, Martin Peretz
Richard Perle, Daniel Pipes, Richard Pipes, Norman Podhoretz, David Pryce-Jones, Arch Puddington, Natan Sharansky, Amir Taheri, Ruth Wedgwood, George Weigel, James Q. Wilson, R. James Woolsey


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