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.

  • The Islamists use our decency against us.

    I would hate to see the baby thrown out with the bathwater.

    What we need is the resolve to act against watery notions of fairness.

    Bouhlel should never have been in France.

    • Dorothy White

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