Wednesday, April 9, 2008

British and French justice

This article by Theodore Dalrymple in City Journal indirectly places the question of justice meted out to Muslims in the UK in a broader context. He describes a case in which a young Turkish man was brutally murdered by two thugs - who got off with light sentences as the judge essentially criticized their manners. If a justice system doesn't punish thuggery in general, it becomes very difficult indeed to crack down on thugs linked to radical Islam.

Theodore Dalyrymple, a British doctor who has worked in British prisons and hospitals, is also a political commentator. In his 2005 book, Our Culture, What's Left of It, he recounts the growing crime wave in Paris in a chapter entitled "The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris." The France he describes is one in which police do not investigate crimes, judges sympathize with the criminals, and official statistics show a sharply rising crime rate. Many of the perpetrators are permanently unemployed young men, immigrants or children or grandchildren of immigrants, from what he calls the "anti-society" of the high-rise slums that surround the big cities. Both Muslim and non-Muslim, they pose a huge challenge to French state and society.

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