Tue Jan 26th, 2010 at 05:01:26 AM EST
All over the news again is the anti-burka "fight" in France, in which the government of the day, facing a disunited opposition picks on the weakest possible element of French society in order to prove it's willing to keep darkies in their place:
A French parliamentary committee is expected to recommend a partial ban on women wearing the full Islamic veil.
The committee is thought to see the burka as an affront to French values and will propose a ban in hospitals, schools and transport, AFP reports.
France has been debating whether to ban the full body veil - known as the burka - with President Nicolas Sarkozy recently speaking out against them.[...]
Opinion polls suggest a majority of French people support a full ban.
"But it's about secularism" I hear you cry, "Its about women's rights". 1900 women's rights, apparently: the parliamentary commission say that 1900 women wear the burka. You really think that Sarkozy cares even slightly about the rights of 1900 women, women who will likely simply not go to hospital, or school or use public transport? If you do, I have a feminist war in Afghanistan to sell you.
Sarkozy is engaged in his normal dog-whistle to the racist right in French politics in advance of elections, aided and abetted by the reflexively anti-clerical left who seem to work by the Arab proverb "The enemy of my enemy is my friend'.
The Socialists at least seem to have come out against the ban, though their objections are based more on understanding that "my enemy is my enemy" than any actual priniciples.
The consequences of a ban should be interesting: my guess would be some nice photogenic riots for UMP candidates to make veiled references to, an increase in the use of the veil as a political protest by young people and, if we're really lucky, footage of hulking masked riot police arresting slight, veiled women on the grounds that their faces aren't visible enough. That'll look just great on the TV screens of a billion Muslims around the world.
At least it has given me a business idea: I am going into production of armbands with yellow crescents on them. In five years I hope to make a killing.