The pictures [from France] looked more like those of America's race riots in the 1960s than of Fallujah or Ramallah.
France's current crisis is in reality a combination of several factors, including those listed above. But it is fundamentally a problem of national identity. And this is not a peculiarly French problem. Western Europe today has almost as many foreign-born citizens as does the United States. But its countries don't think of themselves as immigrant nations. The centers of society remain tightly knit, insular and largely homogenous.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Fareed Zakaria argues that Europe needs more diversity based on ideas and values. Some clips that Maple Sugar might find relevant to our conversation of a couple of days ago: