Well, Are All Civilisations Equal?

Pierre Haski’s article in CiF on the French elections contains this little gem:

But Le Pen’s success is also, as Hollande suggested in his first speech on Sunday night, the responsibility of Nicolas Sarkozy who played with fire in his attempts to bring back Front National voters to his side.

He encroached shamelessly on their ground, stoking up fears of immigration and Islam. One of his top aides – Claude Guéant, the minister of the interior – even suggested in a speech that all civilizations were not equal.

He took the risk of legitimising what should have remained marginal and extreme ideas and themes.

Topic for discussion: are all societies equal?

And more to the point, is suggesting, nay even thinking that they might not be, grounds to brand one an ‘extremist’?

5 comments for “Well, Are All Civilisations Equal?

  1. ivan
    May 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Answers: NO and NO.

  2. john in cheshire
    May 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I’m tempted to say that any fool knows that there is no such thing as equality in just about anything. But socialists are not really renowned for their mental faculties. So, rather than address the consequences of such inequalities as far as they act to the detriment of the native population, socialists would rather claim everyone and every belief system are equal and do all the can to prevent discourse.

  3. May 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    “Topic for discussion: are all societies equal?”

    No. Anyone inclined to think otherwise should give North Korea a try first.

  4. May 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Out of all Sarkozy’s ministers, I shall miss Claude Guéant the most. He was tactful, honest and spoke for la République.

    It should be noted that during the Merah siege in Toulouse, he was there with the police in front of the gunman’s building most of those 32 hours and gave the press frequent updates without being sensationalist or presenting himself as a hero.

    Claude Guéant spoke out in a civil way against criminals and miscreants, not immigrants — regardless of how the Left would like to present it.

    He is one politician who served his country well. Thank you, M. Guéant!

    And thanks, JuliaM, for writing about the French elections — much appreciated.

  5. May 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    It is also worth noting that Claude Guéant did not offer his opinion or a soundbite between the first and second rounds of voting (April 22 and May 6).

    Nicolas Sarkozy was balanced in his interviews as well as in the debate.

    The UMP — including Sarkozy — was not ‘playing with fire’ in the run-up to May 6. They did not make any statements which made scapegoats out of any socio-political groups in France. In fact, Sarkozy (on RMC – one of Jean-Jacques Bourdin’s two interviews with him at election time) said that he wanted to find all unemployed people work — including legal immigrants.

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