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February 24, 2004
WAR: Targeting France

Ayman al-Zawahiri in new audiotape is threatening the U.S. and sounds like he wants to debate President Bush. Nothing particularly new there. What struck me as interesting were the threats against France:

In the audiotape broadcast on the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite TV channel, the speaker described the French government efforts to ban head scarves in schools as "part of the West's campaign of hatred against Islam."

"The decision of the French president (Jacques Chirac) to issue a law to prevent Muslim girls from covering their heads in schools is another example of the Crusader and envy that the Westerners have against Muslims," said the voice.

"Banning the head scarves in France is in line with burning villages with its inhabitants in Afghanistan, bringing houses down on the heads of sleeping Palestinians, with killing children in Iraq and robbing their oil using false pretexts ... (and) torturing (Muslims) in the cells of Guantanamo," the tape said.

The head scarf bill passed the lower house of the French parliament earlier this month and goes before the French Senate next month.

I think France’s attempt to ban head scarves and other outward signs of religion is simply terrible public policy, a warning sign that mandated secularism can eventually turn into open and provocative discrimination against religion. As a result, it seems that France’s big government secularism and unrestrained immigration are running headlong into Islamic radicalism. I sincerely wish France well in its efforts to reconcile its policies while keeping its people safe from the scourge of terrorism.

Posted by The Mad Hibernian at 11:11 AM | War 2004 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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