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    06 November 2005

    French riots - Blowback from Iraq?

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    Blowback is best defined as the resentment created by X on Y, causing some reaction by Y to X.

    So assuming the rioting French are mostly Arab. Could this be a problem not of a few youths getting killed running from the cops, but surfacing anger at a western government for its policies (the French) and what is perceived, by Muslims, as western aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan that aims to weaken the Arab world? Protestors protesting the deaths of two youths don't shout "It's Baghdad here" and "jihad" do they? That's somewhat odd. Of course a prominent politician publicly saying essentially, 'bring it on' doesn't work well in the Muslim world, but I sense that there is a bigger picture here.

    Posted by Geoff

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