• Feb 27th 2009 at 6:59PM
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French youth like to burn cars on New Year's - and they don't mind lighting a few the rest of the year, either. German youths apparently really get their "arson on" when the economy takes a dip, as it happens to be doing right now. According to Bloomberg, at least 29 luxury vehicles have gone up in flames in Berlin so far this year, instigated by "'youths across Europe who 'perceive their future as rather precarious'."

The torchings in Berlin have been centered on the nicer, gentrified areas of town like Prenzlauer Berg, where some residents feel they are being squeezed out to make room for the moneyed. There is even a group called BMW that is claiming responsibility for some of the fires, but this time the acronym stands for the Movement for Militant Resistance (auf Deutsch, naturlich).

If cars are going up in smoke so quickly right now, perhaps the real question is: What will the disgruntled turn to next when things get worse? The police have created a special unit to investigate the arson, since it's considered a political act, but the advice from a Berlin police commissioner is: "I wouldn't advise someone to park their Porsche on the street." Thanks for the tip, Eric!

[Source: Bloomberg | Image: Tigerhawk]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The auto industry is going into meltdown and up in flames. Literally now.

      RIP You poor Porsches.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Technically, wouldn't the burning of these cars stimulate the economy by causing people to have to replace the lost cars by buying new ones (i guess insurance companies would have to pay out tho.)

      Its kind of like those "don't sell it, scrap it" incentives.....

      lol : )
      • 6 Years Ago

      Didn't Shakespeare said 'lets kill all the bankers!'
        • 6 Years Ago
        they are terrorists, aren't they?
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL....yeah...everyone is a terrorist.
      • 6 Years Ago
      crazy sand people
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is hard to have a nice desert cruise these days for fear of attack by the sand people. Their war cries echo in my ears.
      • 6 Years Ago
      James, in principle I agree with your sentiments about the influx of certain peoples and their extremist beliefs, particularly those from the Middle East.

      The problem is that by casting them as "subhumans" and by suggesting we "warm up the ovens" you only serve to further ignite their hatred of our cultures and societies.

      I agree completely that we must be vigilant to such a threat, and be prepared to confront our enemies wherever they come from (not just on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan), however we cannot stoop to their level of, as you suggest "medieval" thought-processing. If they are indeed the "subhumans", then we must be the "humans" and stand above their ignorance.

      I could digress and realize that your reply was most likely written somewhat in jest to prove a point, and in that case, I understand your argument. We just have to be careful not to appear as willing to resort to outright violence as they already are.

      Instead we must occupy the center, push extremist ideologies to the outside and make them look stupid by taking the moral high ground. If this means laws to stamp out and make illegal such extremist Islamic beliefs, then so be it. It does not mean legalizing death squads to round up renegade elements and shoving them in ovens.

      I recognize we are in the greatest ideological battle in decades, however we have learned from very recent history and must apply its lessons, less we end up in another World War: this time with nuclear weapons. We can win this fight by resolutely maintaining an iron fist of justice and by winning over our enemies with our determined willingness to stand above the forces that would rather drag us down to their unconscionable level.

      /tangent over
      • 6 Years Ago
      This has nothing to do with economy. Those "youths" take current situation only as an excuse, a cover.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can we send all of the North American Fords over there?
      • 6 Years Ago
      During about 14 months I lived in Thamesmead in London, I saw at least 15 burned cars - stolen by not-so-local yobs, driven and torched.... That was just on my walk to the Abbey Wood train station. Along the cycle path... another handful of them. For a few years, it was endemic in Britain.

      You can blame it on hey-days of prosperity and cheap credit-card loans, or on the fact that British proletariat youth have too much time on their hands... and other body parts, hence the highest teenage-pregnancy rate in Europe :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nothing like roasting a brotworst over the open cab of a beemer!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do European youths know how to express themselves in any other way than rioting and setting cars on fire?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ah,the answer would be "no".
      • 6 Years Ago
      And I thought the anti-Hummer crowd was stupid, I think these guys top that. Hopefully a small group only involved, there is a right way and wrong way to change things and pass on your ideas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      im suprised no one has mentioned that BMW cant be acronym for Movement for Militant Resistance

      even in german it makes no sense
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bewegung fuer militaerischer Wiederstand? But what do I know, I'm only American.
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