Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Nov 29 13:31:40 MST 2007

Sukant Chandan wrote:
> <http://sonsofmalcolm.blogspot.com/2007/11/french-banlieue-intifada.html>

Sukant, when you submit something like this to the Marxism list without 
a prefatory note, nobody can figure out what your point is. As I have 
told you, I am getting weary of these disembodied communiques. Are you 
agreeing with article, which can best be described as a hysterical 
conspiracy-mongering affair that tries to link French immigrant youth 
with al-Qaeda? Don't you realize that this is idiotic?

The article states:

 >>Since last year, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the No.2 to Osama bin Laden in Al 
Qaeda, has  been appealing to the Muslims of the world to emulate the 
Intifada in Gaza in giving expression to their anger against their 
Governments.  Zawahiri projects Intifada as a kind of struggle in which 
the role of motivated individual Muslims will become more important than 
that of organisations so that the weakening or collapse of an 
organisation does not result in a collapse of the Intifada. He wants the 
Intifada to acquire a momentum of its own as a result of the sacrifices 
of individual Muslims. He said in his message of January 22, 2007: 
"Every Muslim today is directly responsible for defending Islam, Islam’s 
homeland and the Islamic Ummah.  "The importance of a central command 
and control in keeping the Intifada going is down-played. The motivation 
of individual Muslims is more important than any centralised command and 

However, most analysts have noted that the youthful rioters have very 
little connection to the Mosques.

Financial Times (London, England)
November 9, 2005 Wednesday

A revolt of youth without religious motivation Social problems are 
behind the reaction of immigrants to Europe's failed promises, write 
Roula Khalaf and Martin Arnold


Despite attempts by some French government officials to play up the 
Muslim background of many of the youth rioting during the past two 
weeks, community leaders and analysts say the troubles should not be 
confused with a crisis of religious identity.

"These events and these actions did not come out of mosques," says Lhaj 
Thami Breze, chairman of the Union of French Islamic Organisations, a 
group that has links with the Muslim Brotherhood, the international 
Islamist movement.

Even in the North African press the unrest is being treated as a purely 
French problem, the result of social and economic exclusion.

"This is an ethnic and social problem, not a religious one," says 
Abderrahmane Bouhout, director of the Clichy-sous-Bois mosque, which 
became a cause celebre for the rioters after a police tear gas grenade 
exploded near its entrance during prayers.

Many of the worshippers at Mr Bouhout's mosque volunteered to act as 
mediators. Thanks to their efforts, the rioting that continues elsewhere 
in France, ended in Clichy-sous-Bois a week ago.

"The people who saw their mothers crying because of the tear gas and 
running home without their headscarves or shoes were the same ones who 
went out into the rioting to call for calm," says Mr Bouhout. "We must 
not confuse the riots with Islam."

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