Saturday, November 05, 2005

Not that I'm on a crusade or anything -- After all, the word might hurt someone's feelings

Dalil Boubakeur, head of the Paris mosque and of the ineffective joke known as the French Council of the Muslim Faith, has called on French authorities to use respectful words of peace so as not to rile up hair trigger sensibilities among French suburban youth. Mr. Boubakeur needs to be reminded that when Interior Minister Sarkozy called suburban youth riffraff and thugs, it was following the murder of a 10 year old child. Punks who kick a father to death in front of his family are scum. Rioters who douse handicapped people with gasoline before setting them alight are animals. And now that I think of it, Mr. Boubakeur can go straight to Hell.

Childrens' photos remain stuck to the walls at a nursery school in Acheres, west of Paris, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005, after rioters burned it to the ground during a wave of mass disorder that is sweeping through the country. Marauding youths torched 750 cars, stoned paramedics and burned a nursery school in a ninth night of violence that spread from Paris suburbs to towns around France. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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