Not nice, but Nice. Once again, here we are, wondering how to show our compassion and our empathy for our fellow human beings who have been killed and injured. Why has this happened again in France? Are they unlucky, or is it that the rest of us are luckier?
This time it's not guns, nor bombs, but a lorry that has been used to kill. This act, carried out by a French-Tunisian national on the night when France was celebrating its annual day of celebration, has taken terror to a whole new level. This attack, which has been applauded by ISIS, has demonstrated that anyone, any individual, has the means to kill within their reach. There is no requirement for them to seek weapons, be they illegal or legal - not firearms, not knives - anyone who has access to a moving vehicle can do harm on an unbelievable scale.
This knowledge is utterly chilling and all we can do is consider where we go from here? Do we seek to emulate that Blitz spirit, as we did when London and other towns were the target of IRA terror, as we did after the horrors of 7/7? Yes, that's exactly what we have to do. We could withdraw, we could stay indoors, we could hide away. Or we can live, we can go about our daily business and whilst we do so, we can reach out to our fellow man and be kind to one another.
What really matters is that our fear doesn't become anger which could be turned against minorities, innocent minorities. For without kindness, without community, we are nothing. Let us ignore borders, race, creed and gender. Let us all just be human and let us be kind to one another. For no right thinking beings want to be repeating the mantra "je suis ..." to show their support and sympathy with yet another killing, yet another attack.
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