Children Among the Dead in Nice, France, Truck Attack
An ugly attack on innocents, by an angry criminally inclined wife abuser. Brilliant!
"Ten children and adolescents were among 84 people killed on the waterfront here, when a Tunisian who lived in this seaside city intentionally drove a heavy truck through crowds of people until he was shot dead by police Thursday evening."
The attack left 200 injured, 84 dead, including 10 children, France bereaved, and a world shocked. While Prime Minster Valls failed to rise to the moment, the Tour de France, which also hosts the Paris-Nice tour made a strong statement that terrorists would not shut down the Tour. Paris-Nice 2016
The stage winner echoed those comments at the end of the days racing.
"Lahouaiej Bouhlel was “completely unknown” to intelligence services, who so far have no indication he was radicalized, but Mr. Molins said he was known to police for threats, violence and thefts over several years. Lahouaiej Bouhlel was convicted in March of assault following a traffic accident using a truck pallet as an improvised weapon, according to the Justice Ministry (View a roundup of what we know about the suspect).
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A freelance professional truck driver, Lahouaiej Bouhlel had received a 10-year residency permit allowing him to live in France after marrying a French woman, security officials said. He had a history of domestic violence and was separated from his wife, one of the officials said.
The low profile of the truck driver complicates the investigation into France’s third major terrorist attack in the last 18 months, giving authorities less to work with as they try to identify the driver’s motivation."
I find Bouhlel's motivation to be relatively simple to understand. Arab/muslim culture is an abject failure, yet these people are taught from birth that their culture is superior. As they move to the West, they are faced with the undeniable fact that the West has done nearly everything better than the immigrants home country. The West is more prosperous, it treats its people better, there are better social, and welfare protections, and jobs are plentiful, at least comparatively. For people constantly told of their superiority, this must be a stark contrast.
Unfortunately, in countries like France, these immigrants are not integrated into the French society, and they are segregated into impoverished enclaves. It quickly becomes clear to these immigrants that much of the best of the West is off limits to muslim immigrants in France. This builds resentment, and anger.
France over the past many years has seen large scale rioting in these poor, segregated enclaves, and radical Islamic elements have had great success in conquering the hearts and minds of the more resentful, especially the young men.
It seems likely that Bouhlel is not an adherent of ISIS, or any radical sect, but is simply an angry man who cannot make it within the framework of the French society. His marriage broke up because he was abusive. He has a history of violence, and crime against others as well.
What We Know About the Suspect in Nice, France
It seems more likely he was primarily lashing out, blaming society for his failings, and I suspect we will find he had been persuaded by Islamist elements to blame Westerners specifically. The hatred of self was strong in Bouhlel, and his willingness to injure others shocking.
Ultimately we must remember that if we focus on the weapon used, we will fail to see the next attack coming. The progressives are in full dudgeon over guns right now because of the US attack in Florida. Terrorists do not need to choose guns, they can choose any number of weapons, they have already chosen aircraft, bombs, guns, and vehicles. They will choose anything readily accessible which can be improvised as a weapon.
They will continue to attack into areas where there are large numbers of people, and comparatively few police/security forces. This is how asymmetrical warfare works. Expect the terrorists to target "gun free zones," and other places where police will be few, and the citizenry unarmed. They will avoid places where people are few, and more likely to be armed. They are not stupid.
The only real cure is to create a consistently dense number of security personnel across any place where people congregate. This is incredibly costly if we use paid security personnel. It is incredibly cheap if we use trained, armed individuals. The various US states concealed carry statutes provide the opportunity for this. We need to simplify these laws, and make them sufficiently easy to comply with so that individuals can carry protective weapons legally in society. In many states, for example California, this is all but impossible, due to difficulty in obtaining permits, and difficulty understanding the highly complex local carry regulations. There is no place in society for laws which makes us more vulnerable to terrorists.
France has some of the toughest gun law in the world. They will never stop terrorists. These people simply do not play by the rules.
Expect more of this in France, it has spent decades creating, enhancing, and inflaming this problem. The surge of new Islamists will only exacerbate the problem. Also expect this problem to flare up where concealed handguns licenses are difficult to obtain.
Here is a small snippet of the complete stupidity we are up against:
Parents and Universities are failing our children . . .
The young people spewing nonsense in this post are gut bustlingly funny, but imagine what they will be like in a few years. Who would employ one of these imbeciles? So, they will be "educated," indebted, all but unemployable, and many of them are muslim. After the resentment, frustration, and anger kick in, how long before the Wormwoods in the Islamist movement begin to put earwigs into these buffoons ears? How soon after can be we expect them to act violently?