Terrorist attack in France kills 84

As Bastille Day celebrants packed the streets watching fireworks in Nice, France, a large truck broke through barriers and accelerated into the crowd, driving for over a mile until he jumped out of the cab and started shooting.  He was killed by police.  The death count stands at 75, with over 100 injured.

Authorities are calling this a terrorist attack.

UPDATE:  The death toll has risen to 84, with many more in critical condition.  Two Americans are among the dead.  The killer has been identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.   See this.

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Are Christians responsible for the Orlando shooting?

The left is blaming Christians for the Orlando attack on gays and lesbians, while defending Islam.  Even though the attacker himself said that he acted in the name of Islam.  David French explores this odd pattern of accusation and defense. [Read more…]

Importing illiberalism

David Harsanyi asks, referring to the technical word for free societies, “Why is it that so many of the same people who are skeptical about exporting liberalism (count me as one) are perfectly content with the idea of importing illiberalism?”

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Thoughts about the Orlando shootings

Liberal commentators on the Orlando shootings are downplaying Islamic terrorism as a factor to concentrate instead on the need for gun control laws.  Some are even blaming Christians!  The reasoning is that no evidence has of yet turned up that ISIS planned and ordered the attacks from Syria.  Therefore, this is a “lone wolf” act of domestic terrorism by an American who hated gays and could easily procure firearms.

But modern terrorism employs the technique of “leaderless resistance“; that is, decentralized terrorism.  ISIS has sent out a call to attack the United States, specifically the state of Florida and killing gays.  So an American Muslim took up the task.  (And this is not the first time.)  There is no need for central planning when you can summon terrorists scattered all over the world.  What makes a person “ISIS” is pledging allegiance to the caliphate and operating in its name. That is exactly what Omar Mateen did.  So this was, in fact, an ISIS attack.

UPDATE:  Some of you commenters have chastized me that my “thoughts about the Orlando shootings” don’t say anything about sympathy for the victims.  Of course I have sympathy for the victims!  What happened to them is horrible and must never be tolerated.   I thought I conveyed that in my original post about the shooting.  My revulsion for this killing of gay people is why I am trying to think through how we might stop this sort of thing from happening again, which is the subject of this particular post.

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ISIS attacks America, kills 50 in Orlando

Omar Matteen called 911 at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, pledged allegiance to ISIS, then opened fire in a crowded gay bar, killing at least 50 and wounding 53 more.  After a three hour hostage standoff, he was killed by police.  The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.  On Thursday, ISIS threatened to attack Florida. [Read more…]

Those religious-extremist Anglicans

Yes, American foreign policy is a laughing-stock abroad, but that means at least some of the reaction is funny.  British commentator Douglas Murray discusses the new American counter-terrorism strategy, which, in its written form, never mentions “Islam.”  Terrorist-inspiring religious extremism is a problem, says Secretary of State John Kerry, for all religions.  Which has Mr. Murray worried about what’s going on with those Anglicans. [Read more…]