Monday 20 February 2017

Why blame ourselves and deny it's terrorism?

We clamour to say it's not terrorism, and we should've done more. But ignoring the war on modernity won't end it, says Brendan O'Connor

Published 17/07/2016 | 02:30

TERROR ATTACK: People stand near a makeshift memorial for the victims killed in the terrorist attack in Nice last week. Photo: AP
TERROR ATTACK: People stand near a makeshift memorial for the victims killed in the terrorist attack in Nice last week. Photo: AP

When Nice carried out extensive counter-terrorism planning in advance of the Nice Carnival earlier this year, they planned for many different contingencies including nuclear attack, radiological, bacteriological and chemical attacks, even an attack from the sea. They did not plan for a lorry.

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It seems that in the war on modernity, a lorry is now a weapon of mass murder. Indeed it seems as if more and more they are using the tools of modernity to conduct attacks on the cornerstones of modern life. The simple fact of a truck is one of those miracles of the modern world we take for granted. It enables globalisation, trade between countries, the movement of food from places where there is plenty to places where there is none. Remember Band Aid and Live Aid? It was all about filling lorries.

And now we know that a truck can also kill at least 84 people, including at least 10 children, in the space of a few minutes.

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