We need to tackle attacks like the one in Nice from the root

Jul 15, 2016

By Douglas Murray

The BBC headline says it all:

‘The killing of 84 people celebrating Bastille Day is the worst attack on France since the 13 November attacks.’

These day in Europe you don’t have to reach back many months to find carnage even exceeding that in Nice last night.

We still don’t have many details about last night’s attacker. But we know that the man driving the truck was called Mohammed. Of course that doesn’t mean there is any connection to Mohammed Atta, Mohammed Merah, Mohammed Bouyeri, Mohammed Sadiq Khan, Mohammed Abrini or the most famous Mohammed of all – Mohammed. On the contrary, the striking prevalence of people called Mohammed going nuts and slaughtering everyone is just an unhappy coincidence. It could just have easily been people called Gary or Nigel.

At present all those people who like to extol the ‘You’re all guilty’ theory whenever a non-Muslim terrorist does something are busy talking up the ‘crazy, loner, no-mates’ theory about last night’s attacker. They may be right or they may be wrong. But is a certain degree of introspection too much to ask at a time like this?


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16 comments on “We need to tackle attacks like the one in Nice from the root

  • the striking prevalence of people called Mohammed going nuts and
    slaughtering everyone is just an unhappy coincidence. It could just
    have easily been people called Gary or Nigel.

    Gary and Nigel are professionals who have been provided by the British taxpayer with far more expensive destructive equipment than a truck.



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  • What a particularly noxious religion Islam currently is . Yes there are plenty of other nutters filled with hatred like the Florida nightclub man, and the German pilot who crashed his plane filled with holiday makers into the mountain. But for persons not to care about their own lives combined with a noxious religious hatred for everyone else, they need a donkey to drag them to heaven.



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  • @ aldous #1 Jul 16, 2016 at 10:13 am

    the striking prevalence of people called Mohammed going nuts and
    slaughtering everyone is just an unhappy coincidence. It could just
    have easily been people called Gary or Nigel.

    Gary and Nigel are professionals who have been provided by the British taxpayer with far more expensive destructive equipment than a truck.

    The diffrence is that the equipment provided by the British taxpayer was not designed or deployed deliberately to target defenceless innocent civilians, and neither would ‘Gary’ or ‘Nigel’ use it in that way.

    Do not come here and DARE to draw some kind of moral equivalence between legitimate state military action against declared enemy targets representing a clear threat, and acts of deliberate mass murder by the kind of degenerate filth acting in the name of Islam that we saw in Nice, Brussels, Paris, etc…



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  • Rogeroney

    Do not come here and DARE to draw some kind of moral equivalence between legitimate state military action against declared enemy targets representing a clear threat, and acts of deliberate mass murder by the kind of degenerate filth acting in the name of Islam that we saw in Nice, Brussels, Paris, etc…

    Seems to me there’s a fine line, in some cases. What states call a legitimate and a clear threat ISIS calls a legitimate and a clear threat. In the former case there may be one and there may not be one. ISIS is a monstrous development, obviously; and military action by a given state and the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS are not the same; but things may be more alike then you think.

    And what we are led to believe is legitimate state military action is often nothing short of sheer barbarism, genocide, driven by the lust for power and profit, and at times by racism. It is dressed up as something benevolent and sold to us like any other product.



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  • I just watched the marvelous Ayaan Hirsi Ali debate several ferocious Muslim women. She was the only intelligent and reasonable person up there. These Muslim apologists, coupled with the regressive left (a term I now accept), with their eternal defiance of criticism of Islam, are extremely irritating. I even know a few of them. Quite a few. They just don’t get it.



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  • 6
    Pinball1970 says:

    “Get the hatred out of the mosques and the books, get the bigotry out of the community and the slightest tolerance of it identified as a major part of the problem”

    Unfortunately the latest poll suggests that a significant percentage of the Islamic community in the UK are fully versed and ready to support the anti gay, anti Semitic, anti pro sharia and subjugation of women verses, in the Koran.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/11/british-muslims-strong-sense-of-belonging-poll-homosexuality-sharia-law

    Maajid Nawaz and his colleagues have their work cut out.



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  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Has she appeared in public without a head-scarf on or perhaps a a dress revealing a bit of her calves?
    Thought not, she still BELIEVES that her invisible friend hates women to show even a modicum of flesh!
    She is PART of the problem and if anybody can’t see that then they’re as daft as the rest of the hand-wringing haters of free-speech!



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  • M27Holts, #8

    Why ask us? You could have checked yourself and spared yourself the embarrassment of looking like someone who doesn’t fact-check his prejudices before spreading them. Why should anyone take future comments from you on this subject seriously when you fail to perform the most elementary checks on them?

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Ayaan+Hirsi+Ali&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiu3qCo8_zNAhVqLMAKHR-ZAWkQ_AUICigD&biw=1235&bih=675



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  • Mr, DArcy @ #2 “Yes there are plenty of other nutters filled with hatred like the Florida nightclub man, and the German pilot who crashed his plane filled with holiday makers into the mountain.”

    Er, the Florida nightclub man was also a Muslim terrorist…



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  • It seems this was a planned attack by a gang rather than an individual nutter!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36859312

    Nice truck attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel received logistical support for his Bastille Day attack from five suspects who are now in custody, French prosecutor Francois Molins has said.

    Mr Molins told a news conference the crime had been planned for months.

    He said one of the suspects had filmed the scene of the attack the day after.

    All five are facing preliminary terrorism charges for their alleged roles in helping Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian living in Nice.

    The four men and one woman aged between 22 and 40 are due to appear in court shortly.

    They include an Albanian couple suspected of providing Lahouaiej-Bouhlel with a pistol.

    Another of the suspects is a 22-year-old man believed to have received text messages from Lahouaiej-Bouhlel on the night of the attack, discussing the supply of weapons.

    Police found a Kalashnikov rifle and ammunition at the man’s home, AFP news agency reports.

    Like Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, none of those detained were known to French intelligence prior to the attack.



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  • Apparently the killer did not have it all his own way!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36860152

    A Frenchman who was caught on video trying to stop the lorry attack in Nice a week ago has given an interview, dispelling assumptions that he must have been among the dozens who died.

    The man who gave his name as Franck, told the newspaper Nice-Matin how he climbed onto the step below the cab and punched the driver through a window.

    The driver picked up a pistol and tried to shoot Franck, but could not fire it.

    Eventually, Franck was hit over the head with the pistol and he fell off.

    Nice-Matin said Franck had huge bruises on his back, a broken rib and a left hand swollen from the punches he threw.

    The driver, a Tunisian resident in Nice called Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, also fired at people with his pistol before being shot dead by three policemen.

    A cyclist also tried to climb into the cab shortly before Franck.

    Alexandre Migues told Nice-Matin on Sunday that he clung onto the door handle and tried to open it several times, but was forced to let go when Lahouaiej-Bouhlel picked up the pistol and pointed it at him.

    Although he was disappointed that they did not stop Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, Mr Migues said videos of the incident showed he and Franck succeeded in slowing down the lorry and giving people more time to flee.



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