Oh, yeah, for any of you living under a rock, the City of Paris has been in flames for the better part of the last week. Like many riots in our own nation's history, this one started over a police incident and then boiled into the streets. In that same pattern, the riots took on a life of their own.
In a break from that pattern, the situation has gone from "riots" to "unrest" (never a good sign)and are starting to spread to other parts of France.
Unlike riots in our own nation's history (save that big one in Charleston in 1861, and the bigger one in Boston in 1776) civil unrest in France generally plays out with much higher stakes. This thing, unlike the professional protesters down in Argentina making trouble, has all the makings of a full scale, homegrown civil revolt. So far, the French government has responded with FEMA-like efficiency.
A cheap dig, to be sure, but the simple history of the matter is this: so goes Paris, so goes France. France has nuclear weapons, and a first world military apparatus. So goes France, Eurpoe generally gets caught up in the mess. The boys and girls in charge need to get in and restore order before those kids in the streets graduate from molotov cocktails to guillotines.
That's a slippery slope, I know, but stranger things have happened in our lifetimes.
Most likely this thing will be quelled, and the French won't actually have to deal with their national problems. They will once again be able to pretend they don't have any while telling every American that we're the ones with the most issues.
While this may shut up the very annoying individuals on the American left who like use the French as their model society and justification for unreasonable positions, this will (and already has) led the very loud and most obnoxious right wingers to use the French as their antithesis of society and justification for opposite, if still unreasonable positions.
And that makes me angry.
If you don't like the way the Main Stream Media is reporting on all this (many of us are not) make your first stop over at Clicked at MSNBC which is where I got most of these links. You can find the Gateway Pundit article yourself, as that is really the convocation of Right Blogistan links about this. Gloating doesn't even begin to describe it. You know the kind: "France in Retreat," "This is all the fault of Muslims," "we told you this would happen" wash rinse repeat ad nauseum ad infinitum.
Luckily, really real conservative Glen Reynolds has an excellent article on the subject over on Instapundit that really helps sum up a very complicated situation. I don't agree with ol' GR on many issues, but this boy's got a good head on his shoulders.