August 6, 2016
The solution to terrorism?
Just totally shut everything down completely. Stay in your home, prepare to convert to Islam.
It’s a foolproof plan.
France, on edge with fears of a new terror attack, continues to cancel festive and sports events for security reasons, most recently the famed an annual flea market Braderie de Lille and a European cycling competition in Nice.
Lille Mayor Martine Aubry announced on Friday the cancellation of the Sept. 3-4 flea market, which draws visitors from around France to the northern city to hunt for bargains and eat mussels, a regional specialty.
The European Road Cycling Championships scheduled on Sept. 14-18 in Nice have also been cancelled, Nice’s mayor Philippe Pradal announced Friday.
The news came hours after Nice officials said the July 14 truck attack has claimed an 85th victim, a man whose wife and son died when a Tunisian extremist mowed down a crowd on the famed Promenade des Anglais with his truck.
Meanwhile, the Paris prosecutor’s office said a Frenchman arrested in the Netherlands in March was transferred to France Thursday. Anis Bahri was handed preliminary terrorism charges for an alleged attack plot and placed in custody.
French investigators suspect him of being an accomplice of Reda Kriket, a Frenchman arrested a few days before him in the Paris region for allegedly plotting an attack in France.
Dozens of summer events have been canceled because maximal security cannot be assured despite an additional injection of security forces.
Trucks arriving full of goods for the market were an issue in Lille.
“We cannot check them all” each time they come and go, Aubry said on French television, adding that she had a “moral responsibility” to cancel the event that draws over 1 million visitors each year.
Marseille, France’s second largest city, has canceled a string of events, including the Aug. 13 flyover of the “Patrouille de France” air team that streams the French colors through the sky.
“This is absolutely not surrender to terrorism,” Prefect Laurent Nunez insisted in an interview with the AP on Thursday, noting that numerous events were not scratched.
The number of soldiers patrolling Marseille increased from 350 to 600 after the attack in Nice.
We used to say that surrendering to terrorism was a bad thing.
But then we realized that surrender was the only way to win.