Social unrest, you have to understand also, there were no guns in the streets. No adults; mostly young people between 12 and 20 ... so it is very special movement.It's a special movement when a large and growing percentage of your population decides to torch every car in sight for three weeks straight. That's quite the population you've got there.
Perhaps Villepin isn't familiar with the definition of riot. Here's the definition:
1. A wild or turbulent disturbance created by a large number of people.If it walks like a riot, talks like a riot, it is a riot. Sorry, but Villepin just wants to brush this little problem under the table.
2. Law A violent disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled for a common purpose.
3. An unrestrained outbreak, as of laughter or passions.
4. A profusion: The garden was a riot of colors in August.
a. Unrestrained merrymaking; revelry.
6. Slang An irresistibly funny person or thing: Isn't she a riot?
v. ri·ot·ed, ri·ot·ing, ri·ots
1. To take part in a riot.
2. To live wildly or engage in uncontrolled revelry.
To waste (money or time) in wild or wanton living: "rioted his life out, and made an end" Tennyson.
Others noticing the propaganda spin of Villepin: Flopping Aces, who notes that there were, in fact, people who were murdered in the course of the riots; Atlas Shrugged; Sister Toldjah, and Inside Larry's Head.
Meanwhile, Is It Just Me notices the media bias in the coverage of the war on terror and the war in Iraq. It's two sides of the same coin. The outrage over the US trying to get its message out via various means is a phony outrage since the media outlets spew tons of propaganda themselves - it's just the kind that helps the enemies of the US and most every reader of the media outlets themselves.
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