Paris Riots Not About Islam
I spent a bit of time last weekend with two scholars from France, and the topic of the riots came up.
In the US media, the riots have been marked with a "Muslim" label. The Nov. 14 Newsweek edition even asked "Will the riots swell the ranks of the jihadists in Europe?"
Now, laicist (secular) France has had its beef with French Muslims before, most notably with regard to the famous headscarf affair.
Nevertheless, according to these two Frenchmen, the recent riots really had nothing to do with Islam. Yes, the government trotted out various Muslim leaders to tell the kids that burning cars is forbidden by Islam (duh!). But no European analyst or journalist ever seriously considered the riots to be related to Muslim concerns over the "War on Terror[ism]."
Why, then, the US media misunderstanding/lie? It might have something to do with the fact that large segments of the US media have been drafted into the US military.