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July 28, 2010

Sarkozy on Racist Soapbox... Again


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And again... and again...
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It seems that the great phooba of France just can't keep his racist views to himself these days. When it came to the "Muslim Question" ol' saint Nicolas decided to attack their headscarves. Now when it comes to the "Roma Question", well Sarkozy is just going to attack them outright.
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Racial hatred of the Gypsy communities (and the Roma) in Europe has long been prevalent. In Germany it was brought to its most "reasonable" conclusion in World War Two when the Nazi Reich slaughtered the Gypsies in the Holocaust. As part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire in World War One the Gypsies were expelled in much the same manner as the Armenians. And today, well today they have to face the constant marginalization of European Union governments.
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In Italy Roma girls recently were killed on a public beach and covered with beach blankets. Local citizens actually came out to the beach that day and "enjoyed nature" all the while ignoring the dead bodies. Some women and children actually sunbathed and built sandcastles within a dozen feet from the bloody beach towels and crimson sand.
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Currently Sarkozy is looking for the "expulsion of all illegal encampments". This comes after a law last year that made it unlawful for French towns to opt out of building areas for the said "illegal encampments". So it is becoming clear that the far-right government in France is pursuing similar conditions to those of Warsaw Jews in the 1930s and 1940s. Romas and Gypsies will either gather in these "designated" housing areas or be forced out of France all together.
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Like Hitler, Sarkozy is looking to capitalize on an isolated incident to justify his racist agenda. Referencing the "rioting" of so called "Travellers and Roma" youth in Saint Aignan (France), Nicolas is trying to push his bill. On the other hand he wishes people will look past the fact that this unrest was caused by a police shooting that is still under investigation. In a modern sorta way, this would be similar to a Roma Kristallnacht.
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The images Nicolas Sarkozy paints of these "travellers" would make anybody of sound reasoning picture millions of wandering thugs and beasts. In reality however, France only boast a minute number of Romas and Gypsies (an estimated 400,000 in all). So why all the anger?
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Currently Gypsies and Roma are legally subjected to persistent police inspection and governmental discrimination. This has drummed up plenty of racial tension amongst the "traveller" population and the "rest of French" population. Combine this with the ever lingering bigotry in Europe and Russia for the minute number of Romas and Gypsies left and you get the modern problems in France and elsewhere.
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Nicolas Sarkozy and other "right-wing" racist in Europe are just looking to build their political carriers on the narrow minded views of the European liberals. The threat of change in the traditionally "Christian Europe" is what has driven these long standing racist views to the surface. And with this Sarkozy has decided to label Romas and Gypsies as everything from violent, drug traffickers, and aliens.
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Sadly enough the populace of France seem to be falling in line with their leader's views.
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Yet if you look at Europe you can find all the problems listed above as being uniquely European issues. Drugs were made legal to use and buy in many European countries. With this you will always get an influx in the illegal transportation of the substance you wish to ban. It is never possible to legalize a drug for use and yet keep it illegal to transport (Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Switzerland).
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With the issue of violence, well this is usually linked to the fact that nobody in a "free" European nation is allowed to defend themselves. With outrageous laws that prohibit self defense Europeans are left open to crimes that would otherwise be preventable. Then you add in the idea that "guns kill people" and allow you government to outlaw firearms... well once again the general population is left open to violent encounters in which they can not fight back.
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As far as the idea that these "peoples" are aliens in French society... well that is most likely correct. Not legally of course due to the fact that many of these Romas and Gypsies are coming from countries that are new members to the European Union. However when you factor in the racial stereotyping and the governments' laws allowing for the finger printing and DNA testing of "traveller populations"... well they might as well be from a different planet.
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The real question here is if France will lead a new racist charge here? Will European socialist get another piece of racist legislation passed? And if Sarkozy will be able to use the Roma population as his scapegoat like Hitler did some 75 years ago?

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