It's not sufficient to know that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had a violent relationship with his wife, or that Abdelmalik Petitjean visited Turkey just prior to entering a church in Normandy. What's more important is to understand what they wanted for themselves in the longer term.
In Canada, we need to remember that Western attitudes need not be monolithic on their views of Islam and Muslims, and on how Muslims should be treated and what role they have in the social fabric.
There may be implicit arguments involved about what policies might deliver the greatest good for the greatest number, but the core undertaking is about using the democratic process to achieve and maintain political power. And over the past half-century, the Republican Party has played the game well.
The two GOP presidential candidates have avoided criticizing each other.
This is but one of the paradoxes at the heart of the French identity: They profess to disdain everything American, but if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they must love Uncle Sam.