in today’s Front Page Mag:
The head of the gang, Fofana, was arrested in a brothel in Abijan, Ivory Coast. He had been able to leave France freely, without being stopped at the border. He spoke to a French TV channel while in Abijan. He was smiling at the camera and eating a good lunch. He said he was not anti-Semitic; he just wanted money (and, he added, “Jews have money.”) He insisted that he had not killed anyone; to torture and to burn is not to kill. Had he any remorse? No. He was only disappointed: he had not been successful and he had not gotten any money. The future? “If the guillotine were still in use,” he smiled, “somebody would suggest that for me.”
Fofana will be judged and sentenced. He will spend 10 or 15 years in jail, maybe less. Then, he will be released. He knows France’s laws. He has been sent to jail 12 times (the previous time for attacking a bank and leaving a clerk severely injured), and he has been released 12 times. Before deciding not to take case, his French lawyer had started to state to the media that Fofana is a nice guy, not “capable of violence,” and not a racist: “It must have been a collective moment of crazy behavior.” added the lawyer. If a judge agrees that it has just been “a collective moment of crazy behavior,” Fofana and the rest of the gang will not even go to jail: they will head for an insane asylum where they will be cured after a few months. Already, a number of columnists and intellectuals, in the typical French way, are starting to say the real victims of this crime are the thugs and their families.
Millière’s not optimistic:
I am sad to have to say so, but it’s impossible to rely on the French government to protect the Jews of France: the government has too many interests in Muslim countries. It’s impossible to rely on the police because the police in France are not independent and have to do what the government asks. For the same reason, it’s impossible to rely on the judicial system. It’s impossible to rely on journalists to tell the whole truth because the media are infected with chic leftism.
Radical Islam is at war with civilization. A few days ago, Caroline Glick wrote in The Jerusalem Post that now every Jew is on the frontline of this war. She was right. The question now is not only whether the Middle East will belong to Hamas, to Al Qaida, and Ahmadinejad, but whether France and Europe will belong to the people who murdered savagely Ilan Halimi.
Nidra Poller points out that the English-speaking media are slowly awaking to the importance of this case for all it reveals and all that remains hidden in French society.
The question remains, will the French? I’d like to think they would, but realistically, I don’t expect them to.
On a related topic, Leon de Winter Is the Continent willing to fight for anything, besides a welfare check?
Prior Halimi posts March6, Feb 27, Feb 24, Feb. 23, Feb. 22
(technorati tags Ilan Halimi, France, Nicholas Sarkozy, anti-Semitism)