Sarkozy's Failures Hidden Under a Burka
On the Gallic Intifada front, his presidency has already seen another row of riots popping out of the daily Car-B-Qs that lighten up France's suburban nights. Some sources advance 45,000 torched cars in 2007 alone; the Bastille Day celebrations, just a couple of days ago and just like the previous years, reached an extra level of revolutionary realism through many riots between Codeword "Youth" and the Gendarmes -- including 29 mortar attacks (the professional fireworks devices, not the artillery ones -- yet) on the police forces, for a reported total of 592 incinerated vehicles and 219 arrests all around the country over a single weekend.
This brings us back to our rebuked niqāb. As non-Muslim discontent grows close to critical thresholds, as Europe's old school xenophobes begin to surf on the legitimate wave of anti-jihadists, acknowledging their renewed chances to win (back, sometimes) the ears and attention that really matter -- those of the silent dissatisfied masses -- Sarkozy the Acrobat's margin of maneuver keeps shrinking.
Two recent events just made his position more uncomfortable:
First, a court in Lille annulled the marriage of a Muslim couple on the ground that the bride was not a virgin. This shocking instance of creeping Shari‘a sparked an uproar that escalated when 150 MEPs petitioned Sarkozy's Muslim-born -- and, perhaps, either still a Muslim or an apostate? -- Justice Minister Rachida Dati upon her refusal to condemn the court ruling.
Next, his hosting the head of a terrorist state, Bashar al-Assad, at the Bastille Day parade didn't go down well at all with a wide range of people, from the leftist NGO Reporters Sans Frontières -- whose president, Robert Ménard, and seven of his colleagues were arrested by French police on July 14 for protesting the presence of al-Assad by deploying a sign that read "Assad, predator of press freedom" -- to those among the French military who remember their dead in Lebanon.
As a result, what Sarkozy needs the most now, when it comes to anything even remotely connected to Islam, extremism, and terrorism is distraction. The State Council decision, as such rather trivial or at the very least incidental, might very well have been just that. To this seasoned veteran-witness of the hyperpresident, these timely headlines spell much like another script of the Sarko Show.
Call me when Islamic fascists, men and women alike, see their citizenship application forms refused en masse.