Saturday 29 April 2017

Don't panic: keep calm and carry on

Why are we giving these random lone-wolf killers so much of our attention, wonders Carol Hunt

Why indeed: French police with the truck that drove into a crowd in Nice, killing 77 people. Photo: Reuters
Why indeed: French police with the truck that drove into a crowd in Nice, killing 77 people. Photo: Reuters
Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

Stop. Step back. Take a deep breath… and think. You are still far more likely to be killed in a car accident than by a terrorist in Munich today as you were yesterday.

The same goes for Paris, Brussels or any European city. President Francois Hollande's claim last week that "this is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terror attack", was not just dangerous, it was downright wrong. So was John McCain's comment after the San Bernardino shooting, that "this is the war of our time".

We are not at war. This is a series of terror attacks carried out by disturbed and dangerous people for a multiplicity of reasons. "Motive unknown", is the phrase that was repeated by Munich police in the aftermath of the killings last Friday evening.

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