There is little doubt that President Barack Obama will likely get unwanted attention regarding his recent statement about what appears to be another horrific terror attack in France. This time in Nice. Here is that statement:
“On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack (emphasis added) in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded. I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.
“On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.”
For some reason, President Obama has a very difficult time calling such incidents as acts of terror in the United States. Following what happened in Orlando, the president simply could not use the “T” word in his statement and especially resisted the possibility of Islamic terrorism, in spite of several accounts that the alleged perpetrator pledged his allegiance to ISIS while murdering people in mass.
Another disturbing and interesting element to this attack was how it appears to be poorly executed, but it had substantial results. The very large truck used to run over hundreds of victims was also full of hand grenades and explosives, none of which went off, yet over 70 were killed and over 100 injured. Aspiring terrorists all over the world can look at something like this and conclude, “it is pretty easy to perform a mass murder.” No expensive guns or ammunition, no explosives that could bring unnecessary attention to oneself while accumulating the necessary material, just a huge trunk and an event with plenty of potential victims. The realization of how simple it is to leave a devastating impact on the lives of so many with little or no planning or expense will definitely have a sobering impact on the world of public safety as it relates to terrorism.