Monday, April 2, 2007

Sarkozy goes all the way on immigration

UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has carefully flirted with the far-right to ensure that his votes are not sucked away by the ever present (and ominous) Jean-Marie Le Pen. Yet over the past few weeks, and especially now after a spontaneous riot at the Gare du Nord station in Paris, Sarkozy has upped the ante, and is now securely lodged in the anti-immigrant position.

"What exasperates France?" Mr Sarkozy asked at a news conference on Monday. "France is exasperated by the dispute about national identity, by uncontrolled immigration, by fraud, by waste".

He said there was "an obvious link between 30 or 40 years of a policy of uncontrolled immigration and the social explosion in French cities".

Sarkozy also denounced the "hysteria" of Segolene Royal for criticizing his proposal to create a ministry of immigration and national identity. Royal responded in turn:

"contemptuous, shocking and humiliating...Does that mean that if Mr Sarkozy were elected tomorrow he would start insulting the other heads of state and government who disagree with him?"

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Igor said...

Perhaps one should also ponder on this simple fact: there is no other European capital in Europe where riots of this amplitude ever spark up. Why is that so? Rather than being shocked at the event itself, people end up patronizing Sarkozy for speaking out - yes France has an immigration problem, and no it has nothing to do with racism.

Boz said...

What's interesting is that while France may have the most pronounced immigration problem in Western Europe, immigration is taking place everywhere, not the least of which is the UK. Looking for a solution is not racist; it should be welcome. But if one ends up putting all the blame on immigrant minorities, without reflection on government and social policies, then you are stepping into racial territory.

lastgleaming said...

I wish Sarkozy would run for prez in the US. He is about the only one on the scene not afraid of being called "racist" or "xenophobic." Given that Jehanne D'Arc was a major catalyst in the ultimate creation of the nation-state system -- it is GOOD to see France upholding her tradition of loyalty and preference for her own nation and her own people - race has nothing to do with this. A nation shares certain important things, history, language, cultural tradition, religious traditions, loyalty to one's own country - even when it is less than perfect. As it is, you can have a multiracial society but you can't have a multicultural one, that acts or feels outside the nation and demands acceptance or special preference above that of other citizens - and gives primary loyalty to some outside national group.

We have far too many in America - many Americans on the left who hate America, hate the West and blame it for all the problems of the world. What they should be doing is looking for a way to help or make it possible for Third World nationals to remain in their own countries, particularly when for cultural or religious reasons they are not a good fit with the adopted "homeland." Africa is a disaster, Mexico is a disaster - although the richest country in Latin America - cultural and historical development leave them with a large class of poor and a small class of very rich wanting to hang onto their positions at the expense of their countrymen and at the expense of the American taxpayer who is paying the social costs into the billions of dollars. Cheap labor - only for the corporate and government class and the collectivists who benefit by millions driving profit and government growth.

For the Third World, economic development is important even more so is to recognize failed cultures and the attitudes and mindset that go with them. National identity is not a four letter word - it is a natural phenomenon that helps make men rise above their own needs and wants: To look to their country as an important corner stone for our place in the universe. Nationalism is not the same as trying to hang onto our national identity. It is part of who we are as human beings. The great American Indian Chief Red Cloud once said, "People who forget their history, forget who they are - are like the wind in the buffalo grass." And so it is.