French lead­ers must stop mak­ing ex­cuses on ter­ror

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Re­gard­ing your re­port on­line on the at­tack in Nice, (July 16). The ter­ror­ist at­tack killing 84 civil­ians, in­clud­ing 10 chil­dren, is hideous and de­plorable. This is the third time in the last 19 months that France has faced ma­jor ter­ror­ist at­tacks. In Jan­uary 2015 Char­lie Hebdo was tar­geted and De­cem­ber 2015 there were mul­ti­ple at­tacks in Paris. These two at­tacks claimed about 142 vic­tims. Clearly the se­cu­rity sys­tem in France needs to be re­viewed and strength­ened. French Prime Min­is­ter Manuel Valls has said that France “must learn to live with ter­ror­ism”. Se­na­tor Nathalie Goulet, re­spon­si­ble for For­eign Af­fairs and se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee, re­marked: “The ques­tion is: are we able to pre­vent it. And my an­swer would be, un­for­tu­nately no.” The fam­i­lies of the slaugh­tered vic­tims of the ter­ror­ist at­tacks will be dis­ap­pointed with such fee­ble re­sponses from their na­tional lead­ers. This de­featism and de­spon­dency may not be ac­cept­able to the French cit­i­zens. It is the job of top lead­ers to pre­vent such das­tardly at­tacks. They are elected and paid to pro­tect the cit­i­zens of their coun­try. They can­not ab­di­cate their re­spon­si­bil­ity. If they can­not de­liver, they should go and pass the man­tle to those who can de­liver re­sults. France’s Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande has a lot of strate­gic think­ing and home­work to do. There is a great risk that due to the fre­quent ter­ror­ist at­tacks, many Euro­pean coun­tries will tighten im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies and be­come more dis­cern­ing and in­su­lar. This will im­pact the ac­cep­tance of refugees from strife rid­den parts of the world into Europe. Ra­jen­dra K Aneja Dubai

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