Freedom and Terror

The perpetrator of the Nice outrage exploited Western notions of human rights.

Returning to Paris from London the day after Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel killed 84 people in Nice and seriously injured many more, I was struck not by the atmosphere of fear or anger, but by the sheer normality of everything around me and the continuation of daily life as before. If I had not known what had happened the previous night, I should not have guessed that anything untoward had happened.

But of course I did know, and I noticed particularly that the women in various forms of Muslim dress went about their business without apparent fear of recrimination or retaliation. Their confidence in the rule of law in a liberal-democratic state seemed absolute.

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