Inan act of sheer horror up to 84 people, including two Americans and 10 children, were killed yesterday in Nice as a Muslim terrorist plowed through a crowd of people watching Bastille Day fireworks. Devastating live video showed blood and contorted bodies in the aftermath of a 1.2 mile distance of zig-zag pattern driving designed to inflict the highest possible casualty rate. The driver then got out of the vehicle and began shooting at people before being shot and killed by the authorities. The truck was loaded with grenades and firearms. The driver has been identified as French-Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old delivery driver.
For France, terrorism is becoming a way of life. From Charlie Hebdo to an attack on a kosher food market, a concert venue, a football stadium, and restaurants, Frenchmen are having to learn to accept Islamist violence as a background feature of life. The latest assault on France took place in a seaside tourist destination during a moment of celebration.
While media and authorities were slow to identify the attack as terrorism or radically inspired, heavy lifting will now ensue to discover the network the driver was part of and whether there are any other planned attacks. The obvious answer is also the simplest answer.