Last night in Nice

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Last night in Nice

Last night an Islamist man named Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouh­lel plowed his rented truck at 40mph through a large crowd of peo­ple watch­ing the Bastille Day fire­works at the Nice promenade:

The truck dri­ver, who was known to police, was said to have shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God is great in Ara­bic – before being killed in a clear sui­cide mis­sion. Pro-​ISIS groups have been cel­e­brat­ing the attack, orches­trated to coin­cide with France’s most impor­tant national holiday.

The Daily Mail lede lists the details:

  • WARN­ING GRAPHIC CON­TENT: Ter­ror­ist uses lorry to mow down crowds dur­ing Bastille Day cel­e­bra­tions in Nice
  • Local paper Nice Matin names sus­pect as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouh­lel, a French Tunisian man, 31, from Nice
  • Death toll cur­rently stands at 84 and dozens more peo­ple were injured in ter­ror attack on the French Riviera
  • At least 10 babies and chil­dren were killed, some in bug­gies, with least 54 chil­dren also being treated in hospital
  • French, Amer­i­cans, Arme­ni­ans and Ukraini­ans among con­firmed dead — dozens more are injured or missing
  • Eye­wit­nesses said dri­ver zig-​zagged at 40mph to hit crowds of peo­ple who were sent fly­ing or jammed under wheels
  • Ter­ror­ist then opened fire with a gun from cab of the lorry before being killed by a police marks­man in shootout
  • Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande extends state of emer­gency by three months and pledges to hit ISIS even harder

Cable news men­tioned that a civil­ian in a motor­cy­cle tried to rush the truck to stop the dri­ver while the police was shoot­ing at the truck. The scene was beyond horrific.

French author­i­ties imme­di­ately deter­mined it was a ter­ror­ist attack, and did not refer to the per­pe­tra­tor as a “lone wolf.”

The White House issued the usual boil­er­plate state­ment. If you look at it, its all-​purpose platitude-​rich con­tent can be used for any ter­ror­ist attack any­where, any time:

On behalf of the Amer­i­can peo­ple, I con­demn in the strongest terms what appears to be a hor­rific ter­ror­ist attack in [insert loca­tion, coun­try], which killed and wounded dozens of inno­cent civil­ians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the fam­i­lies and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recov­ery for the many wounded. I have directed my team to be in touch with [insert coun­try name] offi­cials, and we have offered any assis­tance that they may need to inves­ti­gate this attack and bring those respon­si­ble to jus­tice. We stand in sol­i­dar­ity and part­ner­ship with [insert coun­try name], our [insert adjec­tive] ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.

On this [insert appro­pri­ate date], we are reminded of the extra­or­di­nary resilience and demo­c­ra­tic val­ues that have made [insert coun­try name] an inspi­ra­tion to the entire world, and we know that the char­ac­ter of the [insert coun­try name and mod­i­fy­ing noun] will endure long after this dev­as­tat­ing and tragic loss of life.

As Scott John­son points out, Obama believes that ter­ror­ism is one of those things we have to learn to live with.(*)

Unless it kills you.

Ear­lier this week, French intel­li­gence dis­closed (unin­ten­tion­ally) that a Brazil­ian mem­ber of ISIS had planned an attack against the French Olympic team at the upcom­ing Rio Olympics. Unde­ni­ably, France is under an excep­tion­ally seri­ous threat envi­ron­ment. Intel­li­gence agen­cies will exam­ine the Nice attack, which has already been described as a secu­rity fail­ure on a colos­sal level.

Tom Rogan asks, How Will France and the West Respond to the Sav­age Ter­ror­ist Attack in Nice?

I don’t have an answer to that ques­tion. I do know that the 1984 AMIA bomb­ing in Argentina left 87 dead, and that it was mas­ter­minded by Iran — and that Pres. Obama’s Iran deal is now a year old.

So screw the can­dle­light vigil.

(*)UPDATE
Obama’s not alone in his think­ing (h/​t Stephen Green),

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, news, and cul­ture at Fausta’s Blog.

Last night an Islamist man named Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel plowed his rented truck at 40mph through a large crowd of people watching the Bastille Day fireworks at the Nice promenade:

The truck driver, who was known to police, was said to have shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God is great in Arabic – before being killed in a clear suicide mission. Pro-ISIS groups have been celebrating the attack, orchestrated to coincide with France’s most important national holiday.

The Daily Mail lede lists the details:

  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Terrorist uses lorry to mow down crowds during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice
  • Local paper Nice Matin names suspect as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a French Tunisian man, 31, from Nice
  • Death toll currently stands at 84 and dozens more people were injured in terror attack on the French Riviera
  • At least 10 babies and children were killed, some in buggies, with least 54 children also being treated in hospital
  • French, Americans, Armenians and Ukrainians among confirmed dead – dozens more are injured or missing
  • Eyewitnesses said driver zig-zagged at 40mph to hit crowds of people who were sent flying or jammed under wheels
  • Terrorist then opened fire with a gun from cab of the lorry before being killed by a police marksman in shootout
  • President Francois Hollande extends state of emergency by three months and pledges to hit ISIS even harder

Cable news mentioned that a civilian in a motorcycle tried to rush the truck to stop the driver while the police was shooting at the truck. The scene was beyond horrific.

French authorities immediately determined it was a terrorist attack, and did not refer to the perpetrator as a “lone wolf.”

The White House issued the usual boilerplate statement. If you look at it, its all-purpose platitude-rich content can be used for any terrorist attack anywhere, any time:

On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in [insert location, country], which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded.  I have directed my team to be in touch with [insert country name] officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with [insert country name], our [insert adjective] ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.

On this [insert appropriate date], we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made  [insert country name] an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the [insert country name and modifying noun] will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.

As Scott Johnson points out, Obama believes that terrorism is one of those things we have to learn to live with.(*)

Unless it kills you.

Earlier this week, French intelligence disclosed (unintentionally) that a Brazilian member of ISIS had planned an attack against the French Olympic team at the upcoming Rio Olympics. Undeniably, France is under an exceptionally serious threat environment. Intelligence agencies will examine the Nice attack, which has already been described as a security failure on a colossal level.

Tom Rogan asks, How Will France and the West Respond to the Savage Terrorist Attack in Nice?

I don’t have an answer to that question. I do know that the 1984 AMIA bombing in Argentina left 87 dead, and that it was masterminded by Iran – and that Pres. Obama’s Iran deal is now a year old.

So screw the candlelight vigil.

(*)UPDATE
Obama’s not alone in his thinking (h/t Stephen Green),

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.