By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Over 80 dead and hundreds wounded on Bastille Day in Nice, Southern France.
Clearly, an act of terror.
The symbol of the day is so important - it cannot be ignored. The prison, the Bastille, was stormed on July 14, 1789. The prisoners inside the Bastille were freed. That act became the symbol of the French Revolution which, in turn, triggered the birth of the modern state in which individual rights and freedoms are the hallmark of modern society.
Bastille Day is a symbol even more powerful than July 4th. It is the foundation of the revolution that heralded the assumption of all future modern states that every individual is created equal.
For the Islamic terrorist the ideas of equality and freedom are the antithesis of everything they believe in. Every citizen of France understands the deep significance of Bastille Day. They have internalized the knowledge that all the terror that has been targeted at France rises out of what France represents and what it demands.
France demands freedom and equality. France demands that all those who enter their country adhere to the principles of freedom and equality.
That is an idea that extremist Muslims, that Muslim terrorists, cannot abide.
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