Matthew Campbell, Villiers-le-Bel
IN retrospect, it was not a good idea to have left his pistol at home. Called to the scene of a traffic accident in the Paris suburbs last Sunday, Jean-FranÃ§ois Illy, a regional police chief, came face to face with a mob of immigrant youths armed with baseball bats, iron bars and shotguns.
What happened next has sickened the nation. As Illy tried to reassure the gang that there would be an investigation into the deaths of two teenagers whose motorbike had just collided with a police car, he heard a voice shouting: “Somebody must pay for this. Some pigs must die tonight!”
The 43-year-old commissaire realised it was time to leave, but that was not possible: they set his car ablaze. He stood as the mob closed in on him, parrying the first few baseball bat blows with his arms. An iron bar in the face knocked him down.
“I tried to roll myself into a ball on the ground,” said Illy from his hospital bed. He was breathing with difficulty because several of his ribs had been broken and one had punctured his lung.
His bruised and bloodied face signalled a worrying new level of barbarity in the mainly Muslim banlieues, where organised gangs of rioters used guns against police in a two-day rampage of looting and burning last week.
Not far from where Illy was lying was a policeman who lost his right eye after being hit by pellets from a shotgun. Another policeman displayed a hole the size of a 10p coin in his shoulder where a bullet had passed through his body armour.
Altogether 130 policemen were injured, dozens by shotgun pellets and shells packed with nails that were fired from a homemade bazooka. It prompted talk of urban “guerrilla warfare” being waged on French streets against the forces of law and order.
By the end of the week an extraordinarily heavy police presence in Villiers-le-Bel, where most of the rioting took place, appeared to have halted the violence: on top of public transport strikes and student protests against his reform plans, Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, could not afford a repeat of 2005, when a similar incident involving the deaths of two youths provoked the worst French urban unrest in four decades.
When Hindus gathered courage and protested in an unprecedented solidarity on November 26 in Kuala Lumpur, they were crushed brutally by the Malay police using chemicals in the water cannons. None of those who had put up a united front against a cartoon created in Denmark felt anything bad or condemnable in the injustices meted out to the Hindus in an Islamic country. When it’s a question of Hindus getting unfair treatment in a Muslim majority region, the ‘civil, sophisticated and articulate’ Muslim intellectuals take refuge in the statement that it’s a matter concerning a foreign country. But when it’s a question regarding a cartoon or a fatwa for beheading a writer, they say -we are a global Ummah, anything happening anywhere to Muslims is our common concern! All big lies and a bigger hypocrisy traded in the name of a religion.
This year Diwali was not celebrated openly by Malaysian Hindus in protest against the demolition of one of their most revered shrines, the hundred-year-old Maha Mariamman temple in Padang Jawa. In the last fifteen years, hundreds of Hindu temples have been demolished and the number of forcible conversions and unfair treatment on religious grounds has been constantly increasing. The tragic case of Revathi was just a recent one.
Moorthy Maniam was a Malaysian Hindu hero. After he died, a group of Muslims claimed he’d made a deathbed conversion. Despite his widow’s protests, the Sharia courts declared that he should be buried as a Muslim. “They used Moorthy to show that in this country, Islam is supreme”, complained his lawyer.
In the 1980s, Malaysia’s Sharia courts were given equal power to the civil courts, creating two parallel legal systems. But while the Sharia courts are constantly trying to extend their authority, secular courts are reluctant to challenge them.
Malaysia which tries to woo Indian tourists with an aggressive media campaign claiming-it’s a ‘truly Asian’ destination, has become a hotbed of Islamic intolerance and barbarities on non-Muslims. It has sixty per cent Malay Muslim population with Chinese, mostly Buddhists, comprising twenty-five per cent. Malays of Indian origin constitute about eight per cent and Tamil Hindus are ninety per cent amongst the Indian origin population. There is a fair number of Indian Muslims too.
Indian Malays were taken there by the British as plantation workers in the late nineteenth century and have now become an inseparable part of Malay life. In fact, from the second century to the 14th century, Malay Peninsula has seen Hindu kingdoms and a way of life beautifully expressed in arts, culture, language and Shaivite values. Sanskrit’s influence over their language is visible all over, yet the Malay Muslims choose to express their affinity with the Arabs and deny their ancestral heritage.
Pali terrorist scum in police uniform remain murderous scum:
JERUSALEM: Two Palestinian policemen are among three people arrested in the shooting death of a Jewish West Bank settler last month, the Israeli military disclosed Monday.
Israeli security forces arrested two men who opened fire on a passing Israeli vehicle on a West Bank road on Nov. 19, killing settler Ido Zoldan, the military said in a statement. It identified the suspects as Dafar Baram of the Palestinian national security forces, and his brother, Abdullah, both 22.
According to the military, the two men told investigators they had waited at the side of the road for a passing Israeli vehicle, overtook Zoldan’s after they saw it pass, and opened fire. The two admitted carrying out the attack and turned over the weapons they used, the military said.
Separately, Palestinian security forces arrested Fadi Jama, who also belongs to the Palestinian national security forces, the military said.
The shooting took place in an area seen as a test case for the Palestinians’ ability to impose law and order in the West Bank.
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* Why do these pop-tarts get air-time on national TV? They are so thick it is embarrassing, if they would do it in their own homes it would be bad enough, but anyhow: have a look…Â