My Mideast Punchlines: demolition derby….

According to an Associated Press article focused on other examples of vehicle attacks around the world, the London attack “was the latest in a string of incidents in which drivers used their vehicles as weapons.”

The AP then goes on to describe the following incidents:

  • January 2017 – Melbourne, Australia
  • December 2016 – Berlin, Germany
  • July 2016 – Nice, France
  • December 2014 – Dijon and Nantes, France
  • October 2014 – Montreal, Canada
  • June 2007 – Glasgow, Scotland

No prizes for guessing which democratic country is conspicuous by its absence.

As documented by Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Israel has suffered 55 vehicular (ramming) attacks since the beginning of the wave of terror in September 2015.

Which all goes to make me feel ashamed of once being an AP correspondent. Now, if you add in all the suicide bomb vehicular attacks carried out by Arabs (mainly on other Arabs), the victims probably number in the scores of thousands. Those terrorist drivers sure do love a demolition derby.

Update: following complaints, the AP added an incident in Jerusalem in 2017 to the list. What about the other 54 attacks?!


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