And it appears I am not alone. The Mainstream Media seem to be groping for a means of understanding what motivates the rioters, and how to measure "progress" (if any) toward stability.
One measure that has appeared over the past week or so is a kind of "body count." Thank G_d, the bodies are not those of human beings.
Rather, they are the "bodies" of burnt-out vehicles:
From an outburst of anger in suburban Paris housing projects, the violence has fanned out into a nationwide show of disdain for French authority from youths and minorities, most French-born children of Arab and black Africans angered by years of unequal opportunities.
Arsonists burned 1,295 vehicles nationwide overnight Saturday-Sunday — sharply up from 897 the night before, national police spokesman Patrick Hamon said, adding that police made 349 arrests nationwide.
This is a very peculiar war.
If it is a war.