A French-Tunisian Muslim drove his truck into the crowd there and swerved from side to side for more than a mile to maximize the carnage to the innocent people who were gathered there just to see the National Day fireworks. More than 80 people, including children, were confirmed dead with another 20 in critical condition.
The French President François Hollande just announced that the state of emergency which he proclaimed following another Muslim terrorist attack in Paris on Friday, November 13, 2015 in which 130 people were killed and which was due to expire on 26th July 2016 would be extended for another 3 months.
This horrendous tragedy has a special meaning for me. Many many years ago, I was on that very promenade in the evening of the 14th July, watching the fireworks.
There's little I can do except to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those who were injured or died and to strengthen my own personal resolve to combat fundamentalism in all forms which threatened and continue to threaten and divide people in this world of ours and drive them towards holding on to separatist and apparently unalterable mindsets. Fundamentalism must end. Unless it does, there will never be any peace on this planet, our only home. I shall do everything in my powers through my writings and other forms of communication to work towards the dissolution of such dualistic fundamentalism, whether it be left or right, whether it be religious, political or philosophical.