Why Nice? Don’t ignore France’s troubled colonial legacy
In many ways, France’s Mediterranean coast has remained an implanted colonial world.
Ian Coller, University of California, Irvine
A little over a week ago, I flew out of Ataturk Airport in Istanbul and narrowly missed the attacks that left more than 40 dead and hundreds injured. Other acts have followed: Baghdad, Dhaka, Medina.
Now the city of Nice reels in shock after a truck plowed through the crowds celebrating Bastille Day.
It is the third major attack against France in the past two years. Young and old, men, women and children, Muslims, Christians, Jews, people of every religion, and those with none at all, were gathered to watch the fireworks on the Promenade des Anglais. The famous thoroughfare winding along the shore of the Mediterranean is now stained with blood and destruction.
We can’t know what went through the mind of such a killer.
Early reports point to a petty criminal past, domestic violence, a broken marriage, an explosive sense of personal grievance.
But what sets the spark to this Molotov cocktail of aggression? Sociologist Olivier Roy has argued that this is not a radicalization of Islam, but rather an “Islamization of radicalism”. It’s a […]