The ongoing 'intifada' in France has injured 2,500 police in 2006 and appears to have no let up. As a matter of fact the violence in France is escalating at a rapid rate.
This might have dropped below the radar, but Al Qaeda and its allies are literally battling the Crusaders every day in Europe. And so far, Europe isn't doing so well.
"We are in a state of civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists," said Michel Thoomis, secretary general of the Action Police trade union. "This is not a question of urban violence any more. It is an intifada, with stones and firebombs."
The French Interior Ministry has acknowledged the Muslim uprising. The ministry said more than 2,500 police officers have been injured in 2006. This amounts to at least 14 officers each day. Courtesy of World Tribune
To me this truly does appear to be a clash of civilizations. One has to ponder on the any whys young Islamists are becoming are more radicalized each year. Remember, France is a non supporter and non participant in the war in Iraq. They are progressive liberals who practice appeasement and have an apologist attitude. France is a model for America's liberal party and Kerry koolaid drinkers.
It appears to me that \the Arab culture believe that the strong do what they will, and the weak do what they must until the shoe is on the other foot. Then, those who were weak but now are strong appear to come back to take what they want. Radicalization and vengeance intoxicates the young Islamists. Islamists feed on the vengeance to commit unthinkable crimes in their desire for religious purity and their Longing for earthly glory. The mass hysteria of Islamofacism creates its own logic and transforms young Islamists. Imagine how out of control the Islamists will be if America cuts and run from Iraq after the 2008 Presidential Election.
MEMRI had a good dissertation on the subject, 'The Tribal Arab Culture of Vengeance Transmuted their Defeats into a Fixated, Vengeful Mentality'
"This deep-rooted culture of tribal vengefulness in the [Arab] collective consciousness is a fundamental driving force. [This driving force] has transmuted this consciousness into a fixated, brooding, vengeful mentality, instead of transforming [that kind of culture] into a [source of] far-sighted thought and self-criticism, as a grasp for a spring board for a consciousness of the vital necessity to emulate the enemy, that is becoming like him in modern knowledge, thought and politics, so as to reshape the traditional personality and adapt it to the requirements of the time, as did Japan in the aftermath of its unprecedented defeat in the history of mankind in 1945."
"The culture of tribal vengeance haunts… not only in our relations with the other but also our relations with each other, between Arab countries and within each country, from honor crimes [I.e. murder of women] to tribal and factional strife. Rightly, Muhammad Hasannain Haikal called the 20 years of war between the Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya and Islamic Jihad organizations and the [Egyptian] police ' the blood vengeance war between the police tribe and the Islamist tribe.'"
"The hysteria of vengeance on the West and on its protégée Israel has disastrous results – for example, the Arab traditional elite's phobia of Western modernism. The Western imperialism that followed this Western modernism crippled this elite, depriving it of the ability of rational statesmanship. [Statesmanship] that includes [the adoption of] constructive [Western] innovation; setting realistic aims; playing the political game rationally; realistically interpreting the [global or regional] balance of power and harnessing [this interpretation] in the decision-making [process]; managing crises sensibly by peaceably bringing the conditions of its solution into fruition; and, finally, developing decision-making procedures."
"The policy of vengeance that prevails today, especially among the influential elites in Palestine, Syria and Iraq, has banished any rational policy from their domestic decision making. In their domestic policy, these elites dismiss all public discussion. In their foreign policy, they refuse to negotiate. This is how these elites increase the likelihood of implosion [i.e. domestic strife] and war. It [also] explains their careening from one domestic outbreak [of violence] into the next, and from one destructive war into the next, much fiercer war."
"These traditional leaderships, saturated with collective narcissism, have undergone the same experience as people afflicted with depression. They are driven by their guilt-struck emotions to self-punishment, which is likely to end in suicide. This collective self-punishment is revealed in many cases, which I will summarize in two [phenomenon]: a) an 'all or nothing' policy, and b) a cult of armament and violence aimed at salvaging the injured face of this collective narcissism through martial victory, hoping that this would wash out the disgrace of military defeats."
I doubt that we have seen the worst yet. The worst is yet to come. Cut and run and watch out.