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The West’s Annus Horribilis at the Hands of Islamists

From the last Morning Jolt of the week:

The West’s Annus Horribilis at the Hands of Islamists

The Paris attacks were in November 15. Easily forgotten is that week Islamists killed Americans in Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and Mali.

The San Bernardino attack was December 2.  

On New Year’s Day, ISIS rounded up and executed about 300 African migrants in Libya.

The Brussels Suicide Bombers struck March 22.

A car bomb went off in central Istanbul, June 7.

The Orlando attack occurred June 12.

The Istanbul airport attack was June 29. Not many people noticed that one of the people wanted in connection to that attack was once held in Guantanamo Bay and released to Russian authorities in 2004.

The Dhaka, Bangladesh attack was July 1.

And now, Nice, France:

A father and son from Texas and 10 children are among the 84 people murdered Thursday night when a terrorist plowed an explosives- and weapons-laden truck into a crowd of thousands gathered along a seaside promenade in Nice, France, to watch the city’s Bastille Day fireworks.

The driver, who sources identified to Fox News as a 31-year-old Tunisian national, left a mile-long swath of carnage along the seaside walkway before police killed him in a shootout. French authorities did not hestitate to pronounce the attack, which began at 10:40 p.m. local time, an act of terrorism.

“Such a monstrosity,” French President Francois Hollande said Friday morning. “France is deeply saddened, but it is also very strong. I can assure you we will always be stronger than the fanatics who are trying to attack us.”

One site calculates that so far in 2016, there have been 1,268 Islamic attacks in 50 countries, in which 11,664 people were killed and 14,087 injured. Most of these attacks occur in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and never make the news in the United States.

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