' 2. In 2005, during the riots in France, the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut said in an interview with Haaretz, "In France, they would like very much to reduce these riots to their social dimension, to see them as a revolt of youths from the suburbs against their situation, against the discrimination they suffer from, against the unemployment. The problem is that most of these youths are blacks or Arabs, with a Muslim identity. Look, in France there are also other immigrants whose situation is difficult -- Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese -- and they're not taking part in the riots. Therefore, it is clear that this is a revolt with an ethno-religious character."
He added that to see the hatred and violence only as a reaction to French racism was "to be blind to a broader hatred: the hatred for the West, which is deemed guilty of all crimes." France was exposed to it then. Sweden and London are being exposed to it now, or previously. Who remembers?
People were appalled by the beheading of the British soldier in broad daylight on a London street. But what are they going to do about it? The murderers converted to Islam several years ago and underwent a rapid transformation. That must never be mentioned; anyone who talks about it will be branded a racist. Incidentally, the French left wing attacked Finkielkraut after his interview with Haaretz, forcing him to retract his statements. He even joined the Geneva peace initiative. Maybe that is why very few intellectuals repeat his accurate observations openly. Nobody wants to get into trouble with the thought police.'
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