All of which now sheds a rather unpleasant light on a warning - The Brussels Journal called it a threat - Ségolène Royal, Sarkozy's adversary, gave just days before the elections:
FRANCE'S ROYAL WARNS OF VIOLENCE IF SARKOZY WINS.
Fri May 4, 2007 11:22 AM ET - By Kerstin Gehmlich
PARIS (Reuters) - Socialist opponent Segolene Royal said on Friday that France risks violence and brutality if her opponent right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy wins Sunday's presidential election.
On the last day of official campaigning, opinion polls showed Sarkozy enjoyed a commanding lead over Royal, who accused the former interior minister of lying and polarizing France.
"Choosing Nicolas Sarkozy would be a dangerous choice," Royal told RTL radio. "It is my responsibility today to alert people to the risk of (his) candidature with regards to the violence and brutality that would be unleashed in the country (if he won)," she said. Pressed on whether there would be actual violence, Royal said: "I think so, I think so," referring specifically to France's volatile suburbs hit by widespread rioting in 2005.
In other words, vote Left, or else! Luckily, enough French made the Right decision, and if anything, the viciousness with which the alliance of leftist and islamic youths demonstrated their anger, proves how utterly necessary it had become for France to change course. Last year, massive demonstrations by the former sufficed to thwart the government's plans to implement a law which would without doubt have resulted in hundreds of thousands of new jobs. Today, demonstrations and riots by the former AND the latter aim at destablizing and frightening the better part of a nation in accepting their baseless demands: perpetual pampering of the lazy by the state and gradual submission to other laws than French Law, in casu Sharia. There is something else: in Europe, for decades the Right has lost elections, but always accepted it. By contrast, now that by and large the voting behaviour of the greater majority of Europeans shows a shift to the right, the left reacts with anger. Bad losers, I says.
NoPasaran! has a telling series of videos from the French riots over the past days. The following one shows the Place de la Bastille, one of the focal points of the Parisian riots, literally engulfed by tear gas, testimony of the tough measures needed to keep the "disgruntled" in check.
Look, it's high time we in the West wake up. I there is still anyone out there who thinks the violent riots in France, where muslims constitute 10% of the population, the arrest of ten islamic extremist planning to attack Fort Dix, NJ, muslims taking over the city of Blackburn, Lancaster, the ongoing slaughter in Thailand by muslim separatists, Umberto Eco lamenting that muslims in Milan, Italy, succesfully demanded all non-muslim kids be expulsed from a school class, or Britain's MI5 tracking 4,000 islamic terrorists are non-related items, you are increasingly beginning to look like a fool. In my opinion, since I assume no sensible human being desires as yet to wipe out 1.3 billion muslims to save the planet, all support should still be given to the one and only strategic undertaking the West has currently in motion: the prodigious, albeit costly, US-led endeavour to remake the Middle East. Indeed, the very viciousness with which Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are trying to thwart democracy of taking root in Iraq and Afghanistan, is testimony of their fear that the US plan might actually work. Squemish leftists in the US are trying to derail that crucial undertaking by stabbing the troops in the back. It is the same squeamishness shown by European leftists when confronted with our homegrown islamic extremists. Both forms of squeamishness may be equally dangerous. The former because pulling back the troops will only embolden the islamists. AQ's no.2, Ayman al-Zawahiri recently said that the bill refected America's failure and frustration, and if after such a confession you still feel like voting for Baraka Hussein Obama would be cool, like Matt Damon, you must be an idiot, like Matt Damon.
The latter squeamishness may be dangerous because caving in to islamic demands is eroding our power base in our very countries. In few places is this more apparent than in Antwerp, where non-muslim kids have to eat halal meat too, and where gangs clad like Taliban forbid westernized muslim youngsters to enter discos. Or threaten to smash the shops of muslim alcohol vendors in Borgerhout if they don't remove the beer bottles from their shelves. In the meantime, Antwerps leftwing leadership looks decidely the other way.
On both fronts, in the Middle East and on the home front, the West must show resilience and patience, and above all, CONFIDENCE in our own culture and values, which have brought humanity so far. In Iraq and Afghanistan, we should soldier on, how ungrateful that job may look like sometimes. At home, we must make it clear to our muslim communities they have to abide Western Laws, or ... LEAVE.