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Friday, October 06, 2006

In tolerating the intolerable, one accepts the unacceptable

As a modest follow-up to Pastorius' article on the statements from the despairing French police union, I offer the following statistics about the war on the garbage collectors of Paris.

The French Christian conservative blog Le Salon Beige reported Wednesday that there have been 130 assaults on Parisian garbage collectors so far this year. Garbage collectors now pick up trash under the watchful eyes of a police escort, such is the degree of danger in some Paris neighborhoods.
French officials are coy about identifying just which parts of the city are actually the most dangerous for their employees.
I wonder if their reticence is prompted by who might live there..?
[my translation follows:]

“Since May 2005, the garbage collectors of the city of Paris have been obliged to work under police protection in one neighborhood of the XVIIIth municipal borough ["arrondissement"]

This police accompaniment was decided following several violent incidents targeting the garbagemen, said Yves Contassot, Green adjunct to the mayor, in charge of the Environment and sanitation.
Mr Contassot refused to name the neighborhood, while specifying that since the beginning of the year the city’s garbage collecting personnel have been the target of 130 “assaults” throughout Paris, ranging from “forceful insults to physical assault”, with around thirty cases [originating] from the same XVIIIth municipal borough.”

A laconic commentor at the Salon Beige blog sums up the inevitable results of France's passivity in trying to wish problems away:
“In tolerating the intolerable, one accepts the unacceptable”.

Tellingly, much of the frustration expressed by both the "youth" riots, and incidents such as this assault on garbagemen, centers around how hard it is to keep adapting to the increasingly awful conditions... rather than finding ways of actually reducing (or, dare we dream, eliminating) these awful conditions.
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5 Comments:

Blogger Pastorius said...

You know what's interesting about attacks on garbage men? They more than likely take place in the morning.

When people get violent first thing in the morning, you know they are serious.

Friday, October 06, 2006 3:55:00 pm  
Blogger Charles Henry said...

Actually Pastorius I'm not sure they have the same custom that we do, of trash collection occuring in the early part of the day.

I hope to be corrected by any european readers if I'm wrong, but isn't it more the case that their approach to garbage pick-up is that it is likely to occur at any part of the day, similar to our custom of collecting money from city phone booths or parking meters?

Friday, October 06, 2006 5:05:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe garbage collection is 'un-Islamic'. Perhaps they prefer to wallow in an ever-deepening pile of filth.

The French government should cancel all garbage collections in the afffected areas. The rats will then breed like muslims (to quote Oriana Fallaci, and the resultant outbreaks of bubonic plague will solve the problem once and for all.

Friday, October 06, 2006 7:42:00 pm  
Blogger Demosthenes said...

Anonymous has a real point. The French authorities should have suspended garbage pick-up until the muslim community leaders promise that there will be no violence, and only resume it when real steps have been taken. Even muslims would surrender after a while and protect the garbage men.

I think the principle is more general. When the savages in Nigeria were denouncing childhood inoculations as an American plot to give their children AIDS, the NGO leftists, Kofi Annan, and so forth rushed to persuade them to let their children be inoculized. I say just let them pay the consequences of their insanity. We should permit people's stupidity to have real consequences for them. Ultimately, accommodating stupidity will lead to bad results and not just with Islam, but with any human project or even the projects of the extra-terrestrials whom we will never meet because of that speed of light thing. We live in a universe not just with a speed limit, but with limited patience. I think its impatience is a good thing as it means we must think ... that there is a role for the human mind in our morality ... that the socialist and the pro-lifers are deeply wrong in their points of view.

Friday, October 06, 2006 8:21:00 pm  
Blogger Pim's Ghost said...

I agree with Anon and Demosthenes on this. Treat them like children throwing tantrums. If they attack the garbage collectors, stop picking up their trash. If they riot over this, let them have it. Start deporting more of them. If they want to shut themselves off into their own Islamic enclaves in areas of Europe, let them. Let them also lose access to the benefits of living in those countries.

Ahh, simple math. Attacks on garbage collectors leads to no garbage pick-up leads to anger, discord, disease, etc. and then yank the security blanket out from under them and fight back. Attack the rioters openly. Hey, it will have to happen eventually or very soon gangs of native Europeans will form and it will be the start of civil unrest leading to civil war. Just my prediction.

Saturday, October 07, 2006 5:41:00 am  

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