Another Islamic terrorist attack in France has shocked Europe. It is also believed that the man who drove a truck through innocent crowds of families on Bastille Day, killing 84 people was known to authorities but not on the terrorism watchlist, reports suggest.
Unfortunately our press has completely lost the ability to report news like this. The media have played a part in sensationalising a terrible atrocity, presenting coverage like entertainment and one Sky News presenter even describing the attack as a “vintage performance”.
The Guardian, who so quick to link the tragic death of MP Jo Cox to Brexit were quick to distance the attacks from any group at the outset saying “It is too early to speculate on the motivation, identity or possible affiliation of an attacker who drove a lorry into a crowd in Nice”.
Some even tried to link Brexit and words that may offend religious groups or sects behind the evil. Surely anyone that murders others, especially people they do not even know, because words hurt is not part of a movement that should be understood from a sympathetic point of view, but only understood so they can be removed from society.
Perhaps we need to take a long hard look at our Arab neighbours in places like Saudi Arabia, where women are not even allowed to drive, homosexuality is illegal and holding hands in public is a risk.
Maybe it is time for a frank discussion, without fear of saying things that may offend, to get the bottom of it all. Sadly this will not be the last tragic attack we hear of. We need to start doing something differently, not just putting a filter on our profile pictures, until then things will not change and it is only a matter of time till another tragedy occurs.