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Terry K BS: Paris Immigrant?Riots (154* d) RE: BS: Paris Immigrant?Riots 20 Nov 05

The fallacy is the belief that immigrants come to a country with a desire to integrate and become nationals. In the main, they don't. They leave their own countries for a better life elsewhere because the country they are going to will afford them better conditions than they already have. Integration into the ways, language, manners, culture, cuisine, everything, of the host nation is not part of the main agenda. (Witness mass British, Greek and Italian immigration into Australia through the 1960's).

Unfortunately those in Government, usually seeing things through rose-tinted specs, do not foresee this, and usually don't have to live cheek by jowl with the consequences.

Though Piers is clearly bound up with his own rhetoric, interprets everything accordingly and misses most of the points people make, his comment about

"the fact that fellow human beings are living in poor housing with poor amenities and being intimidated daily by the police, in the most 'civilised' and highly developed part of the world......."

is correct. But what he fails to acknowledge is that this is the direct result of present policies. This is unavoidably true because this is actually what is happening - and has always happened. Until we change something, this will continue to happen. Everybody seems to agree that this is unacceptable, but nobody seems to accept that to stop it happening requires some kind of change. We absolutely must acknowledge that something has to change - simply spouting tired old rhetoric and badmouthing other people's point of view will NOT improve the situation, because that's been tried repeatedly over the last however many years and nothing has ever improved as a result of it.

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