As hardly a few days pass without an Islamic terror attack in the West — recently an “Allahu Akbar”-shouting man stabbed a Jew in France and an “Allahu Akbar”-screaming woman ran over two policemen in Canada — the West risks becoming desensitized. Of seeing Islamic violence as “just part of life.”
The words and deeds of Western leaders are not helping.
After the Islamic terror attack in Nice, France, where 84 were killed, counterterrorism chief Patrick Calvar said:
Today, France is clearly the most threatened country. The question about the threat is not to know “if” but “when” and “where.”
Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared:
Terrorism … is a threat that weighs heavily on France and will continue doing so for a long time.
As if such resignation wasn’t bad enough, at the memorial event for the 84 Nice victims Valls declared:
Times have changed and we should learn to live with terrorism.
As I thought about the recent knife attacks, it occurred to me that people need to train to end such attacks, especially in countries with strong gun laws. The people of Europe are in danger, and the people of Europe will be the only ones who can help.
I wonder if that is the reaction in the UK and Europe (which have always been different places, by the way.) I know that won’t be the American reaction, as we have too much of a gun culture, and recent attacks have only taken place in locations where law abiding people are told not to bring guns.
What will be the people’s response to these individual acts of violence?