NEWS BRIEF “This is a threat to all of us.” That was President Obama’s message to nations across the world Friday as he condemned Thursday night’s bloodshed in Nice, France. Obama addressed the attack during a White House reception for the diplomatic corps, whose ranks include French Ambassador Gérard Araud. Noting that at least two Americans, a father and son on vacation, were killed in the attack, Obama emphasized that the threat of terrorism is a shared problem.
“We don't know all the details but what we know is the capacity of even a single individual to do extraordinary harm to our people, to our way of life. A lot of nations represented here today have been impacted this year and in previous years. In recent weeks, we've seen heinous attacks inspired or directed by ISIL: here in the United States, in Turkey, in Iraq, in Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia,” Obama said. “These terrorists are targeting and kill innocent people of all backgrounds and all faiths, including Muslims. And I know I speak for all of us when I say that these individuals and these networks are an affront to all of our humanity.”
Obama said he’d spoken with Araud in person and with French President François Hollande earlier in the day to offer Americans’ support. At least 84 people were killed Thursday during celebrations for Bastille Day—a holiday akin to the American Independence Day—when a large, white truck drove through crowds of people on a seaside promenade. No terrorist organization has claimed responsibility, but in a statement Thursday night Obama said it “appears” to have been a terrorist attack.