Social media are overflowing with reactions following the Bastille Day attack in Nice (14 July), with some users denouncing Western political correctness and others responding that Islam is not about terrorism.
The terrorist proved to be a 31-year old French national of Tunisian origin. But even before this fact became known, the perpetrator was denounced as Muslim.
— Beginning life (@TobyDSmith) July 15, 2016
I wanna stop praying for cities after the Muslim monsters have killed people! Stop letting political correctness kill people
— Common sense guy! (@renomarky) July 15, 2016
Killing innocent people has nothing to do with any religions. Barbarian attack by terrorists radicals.
God bless you all.
— Waheed ALJalaly (@jalalyw) July 15, 2016
— Rabyia Baig (@Rabyia_Baig) July 15, 2016
— Alain Cornet (@CarlAntoine) July 15, 2016
— Filthy O'Hoolihan (@Shimmyfab) July 14, 2016
Many were quick to denounce the open-door policies which brought to Europe more than one million uncontrolled migrants in the recent year.
— Jeff Godwin (@JeffGodwin) July 15, 2016
And yes, supporters of Islamic State celebrated the attack on Twitter.
— oysterboy (@oysterbwoy) July 15, 2016
Some tweets rightly pointed out that the Western press pays a lot of attention to attacks on European soil, but hardly devotes much space when terrorism hits outside the continent.