Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer was on Fox News last night as the terror attack in Nice unfolded, and made a rather astute observation into the difference between French and American politicians:
“Look, I don’t want to be treating this casually, but in France, you will not hear calls for truck control,” he said. “They know exactly what they are dealing with. Unlike here where we immediately get sidetracked into discussing the availability of the weapons.”
In the days after the terror attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, politicians immediately renewed their call for gun control in America. Despite the fact that the shooter, a muslim known to and investigated by the FBI, pledged his allegiance to ISIS during the attack.
“What they understand is the indigenous nature of the terrorist threat,” Krauthammer added. But he doesn’t believe the attack in Nice will have any significant effect on the U.S.
“We get deeply affected by terror attacks at home, Orlando, obviously San Bernardino. But terror attacks overseas to us have an abstract quality,” he said. “So I don’t think it will have a direct impact. But should there be a similar attack here at home, it will have a major impact and as usual, we tend to blame whoever is in party, the party that runs the country, and it inevitably helps … the opposition candidate.”
In a discussion on terrorist and lone wolf attacks in America on Monday, Krauthammer told viewers of “Special Report with Bret Baier” that “in a country of this size with so many people as potential targets of investigation, unless you want to create a police state, there is no way that you can prevent” such attacks.
“Ultimately, the only way to decrease recruitment is not with logic, not with argument, not with really clever programmers who know how to do twitter,” he said. “It is by defeating the jihadists or showing them in retreat.”