The Right Coast
February 27, 2006
Our French Allies
By Maimon Schwarzschild
From today's (London) Telegraph:
France and the European Commission are leading a diplomatic drive to unblock £23 million in EU funding for the Palestinian Authority, without waiting for Hamas to renounce violence or recognise Israel.Words fail. But who can be surprised?
Mark Steyn writes:
In five years' time, how many Jews will be living in France? Two years ago, a 23-year-old Paris disc jockey called Sebastien Selam was heading off to work from his parents' apartment when he was jumped in the parking garage by his Muslim neighbor Adel. Selam's throat was slit twice, to the point of near-decapitation; his face was ripped off with a fork; and his eyes were gouged out. Adel climbed the stairs of the apartment house dripping blood and yelling, "I have killed my Jew. I will go to heaven."Read the whole thing.
The decency of post-war Europe that Sybille Bedford wrote about (see the next post below) seems long ago and far away.
UPDATE: In fairness, there is this. (Hat tip to Harvey Zall.) But the basic picture isn't good, helas. Counterdemonstrations of a few hundred people, or even of a few thousand, are scarcely reassuring in countries like France or Belgium where the plumbers union (or whoever) can regularly turn out hundreds of thousands.