Sunday, October 22, 2006

And Now, Aulnay-Sous-Bois


After the crimes in Les Tartarêts, Les Mureaux and Epinay, the town of Aulnay-sous-Bois in Seine-Saint-Denis has become the center of attention for crime watchers. As Ramadan draws to a close, French officials are seriously concerned about new eruptions of violence and the police brace for the worst. The following is an abridged version of an article from Yahoo:

...Friday night around 1:30 a.m., following an alarm sounded at a Maternity Services Center, two cars of the municipal police escorted by a car from the police commissioner were blocked by a Mercedes and by barriers erected in the project called Rose des Vents.

A gang of hooded individuals then began throwing various projectiles at the cars that were forced to turn around. In the mayhem, the lead car of the municipal police struck a cement block and was immobilized. The attackers used smoke balls to force the officers out of the car. Their colleagues came to their aid, but a policewoman was hit on the head by a Molotov cocktail.

"She was splattered with gasoline; if it had ignited, she would have been on fire," stated Bernard Pasqualini, Chief of Departmental Security, at the press conference. "Pieces of glass flew in her eyes and we are concerned that the bottle might have contained acid."

The central laboratory in Paris has been entrusted with the job of determining the contents of the two bottles found at the site. The policewoman had three stitches and will be off the job for one week.

David Skuli, Departmental Director of Public Security acknowledged: "What is new is the greater violence against the police and the fact that they now set up ambushes to get revenge for previous police actions. It is a troubling thought that cannot go without a reaction on our part."

The article had opened with a quote from François Molins (pictured), the attorney general of Bobigny, stating that this new assault was probably "a reaction against a court ruling."

The ruling in question concerned the sentencing of a person, not a minor, to 3 months in prison for throwing rocks at a police car. Two months of the sentence were suspended. It is assumed the criminal's family members took action against the police in Aulnay-sous-Bois.

I need not point out, that these revenge crimes constitute a throwback to the law of the jungle, to vendettas that were the norm before humanity learned the difficult lesson of "rule of law". Muslims live by their own laws, and so are incompatible with the Western societies. By yielding to them, treating them with indulgence, allowing them to march into our lands, we are returning to the darkness of primitive behavior.

The attacks at Les Tartarêts and Les Mureaux were mentioned in my post entitled Appraising Sarkozy.

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