The barbaric attack in Nice, where a terrorist killed at least 84 people and wounded 150 others by plunging a semi-truck into the crowd and then opening fire on them, is an act against humanity
The terrorist attack in Nice is an open act of barbarism that has nothing to do with religion or ideology. A man plunged a semi-truck into a crowd of innocent people, including children, who had turned out to watch fireworks to mark Bastille Day. Can we call this anything but an act of modern day barbarism?
The world has to unite to fight against this modern barbarism that targets all supreme human values. Condemning the bloodbath, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on the international community to give up their double standards on dealing with terrorism around the globe. Erdoğan has repeatedly called on the international community to end the practice of "good terrorists and bad terrorists" and has openly called on certain states to stop backing terrorist groups and using them against their foes as a weapon.That means a country like the United States should stop backing a militant force like the People's Protection Units (YPG) just because they can use these people against other terrorists. Countries like Britain, France and Germany as well as the European Union should stop paying lip service to PKK militants after acknowledging that the PKK is a terrorist organization. However, in practice this is not so.
The barbaric attack in Nice, where a terrorist killed at least 84 people and wounded 150 others by plunging a semi-truck into the crowd and then opening fire on them, is an act committed against humanity. Just as the acts of DAESH and PKK suicide bombers in Ankara and Istanbul were acts against humanity. This means we all have to enter a meaningful and coordinated struggle against them instead of using fancy words and issuing empty condolence messages.
The attack in Nice should be a massive embarrassment for the French. For days they have created negative impressions about Turkey, postponing their Bastille Day celebrations and closing down their diplomatic missions in Ankara and Istanbul for security reasons. This meant these missions are targets of terrorist attacks, which once again portrays Turkey as a place one should not go. It is strange that France did not take such actions in its missions in other countries, thus drawing all the attention to Istanbul and Ankara. Yet the attack happened in Nice where there were no proper security measures. That should be enough to call for the resignation of at least the French intelligence and security chief, as it suggests a massive intelligence fiasco.
How can any official allow a semi-truck to enter a place where huge crowds have turned out to watch fireworks?
The other issue here is that French President François Hollande made a rather hollow speech that is far from putting anyone at ease in France or elsewhere, and yet he once against put "terrorism" and "Islam" together, which was another mistake. All he is doing is to further alienate the Muslim population in France and create new enemies from within.
Nice is a wakeup call. The attack in Brussels was a wake up call. The attacks in Paris were wakeup calls. Yet no one seems to be interested in waking up. People are more interested in their short-term interests and gains. Yet those who have opted for barbarism are in action and will not give up. It is up to an international coordinated effort to make them give up. Is the international community prepared to do this? Is the international community prepared to heed Erdoğan's appeals?