I cannot keep track of Islamist terror attacks anymore. They are ever-increasing, turning into a scary new normal. Here are several recent massacres that I have not blogged about:
- December 2, 2015 in San Bernardino, California, USA: A US citizen of Pakistani origin and his Pakistani-born wife opened fire on the Christmas party of his colleagues, 14 victims.
- March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium: The airport and a subway station were bombed by Islamists, mostly Belgians of Moroccan origin (and one Swede of Syrian origin), 32 victims.
- March 27, 2016 in Lahore, Pakistan: Bombing in a park targeted Christians celebrating Easter (though most of those killed turned out to be Muslim), 75 victims, many of them children.
- June 8, 2016 in Tel Aviv, Israel: People at a cafe were shot at by two Palestinians, 4 victims. (This is just one of numerous terror attacks in Israel.)
- June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, USA: A US citizen born to Afghan immigrants opened fire in a gay nightclub, 49 victims. Leftist commentators, still in denial about the Islamist threat, blamed the hateful American culture, the guns, Donald Trump, in other words, everything except Islam.
- And now, July 14, 2016 in Nice, France: Crowds celebrating Bastille Day (the national holiday of France) were smashed by a heavy cargo truck driven by a Tunisian-born immigrant, 84 victims.
To honor the victims of the latter atrocity and all people of France, which has suffered 3 major terror attacks in a year and a half, I have embedded Joe Dassin's Le Cafe Des Trois Colombes (thanks to a friend who helped me find it). It is a very beautiful song, very French, and nostalgic. One can listen to it and think of the good old days when France and the entire Western world had not yet been "enriched" by a fanatical, barbaric, anti-human 7th century cult.
If someone from a Muslim country is reading this, he might wish to correct me: "In those good old days, Islam also kept killing. The only difference was that the victims were all from our nations. And in the above list, you have omitted many horrific attacks in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey."
Yes, this is true. But when air leaks on a plane, you put the oxygen mask on your face first. It is human nature to care most for ourselves, then for those whom we feel closest. I have grown up with French novels, French songs, French paintings. So please forgive me for feeling France closer.