Again, terror. Again, France. At least 84 people — including at least ten children and a father and son from Texas — have died and hundreds more were injured in a Bastille Day truck attack in Nice. The attacker who was killed by police has been identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. So far, authorities haven’t found any links to known terror groups. Whether there is a connection or not, this tragedy is yet another reminder of how much damage can be wreaked by one determined lunatic. Here’s the latest on another brutal day in French history from the BBC.

+ Terrorism by truck has long been feared by law enforcement.

+ The Economist: “With its ornate churches and palm-tree-fringed beaches, Nice is best known as a tourist destination. Less well-known is the fact that it faces one of France’s most intractable problems of Islamic radicalisation outside the Paris region.”

+ “Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in sharia, they should be deported.” So said Newt Gingrich following the attack. The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg explains why that’s precisely the kind of reaction that terrorists want, and why sharia law is probably not what you think it is. There have been many recent terror attacks in places like Iraq and Turkey. It’s time to retire the notion that only western civilization is at war.