Nearly lost in the domestic news of last week were several foreign affairs stories that should have received greater attention. There were significant terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait on a company, tourists, and a Shi’ite mosque, respectively. Patrick Bahzad provides an excellent outline and analysis of the attack in France, better than anything I’ve read in the professional media:
At approximately 10 a.m. this morning, a van entered an chemical production site in the suburbs of Lyons, in south-eastern France. Contrary to what was said in previous reports, the van didn’t crash the security gate, but had proper clearance to enter the premises, a facility registered on the so-called “Seveso List” (a list of sites producing hazardous dioxin-like compounds).
Are the connecting links among these attacks? They all appear to have been perpetrated by Sunni Muslim radicals. The French and Tunisian attacks were not only calculated to maximize terror but to attack the economic life of the countries as well.
Perhaps the message in these three attacks is that an organized mass attack is not necessary to create havoc. It doesn’t take the Third Reich or the Imperial Japanese Army any more. All it takes is a few highly motivated individuals with guns, knives, and trucks. I doubt that efforts at banning guns, knives, and trucks will prove successful.