Read a little about Tunisia, Tunisia-France relations – in short, there is a long history there…

I am a partially ignorant American, but in the wake of the awful attacks in Nice (where the photos I saw looked like something out of D-Day, with the sheet-strewn road), was curious as to why someone originally from Tunisia might be inspired to attack France.  Of course, part of me was thinking I should not read this information to protest the events in Nice, but the reality is ducking my head in the sand (ignorance) is never a good thing. So…

In short, without taking sides, there is clearly history between France and Tunisia… Tunisia is an extremely old part of the settled world.  It is the site of Carthage, which rivaled ancient Rome for supremacy in the Mediterranean BCE world until The Punic Wars.  In 1881 France invaded/conquered Tunisia and encouraged Europeans to settle there.  In 1956, Tunisia won independence from France, and in 1957 France cut funding to Tunisia due to its (Tunisia) support of Algeria.  For decades, France did not censure or apply pressure to Tunisia’s highly corrupt president, and it took massive protests (including a street vendor lighting himself on fire) in 2010 for this so-called president to lose his control of Tunisia.  Source: Wikipedia.

We continue to live in an interesting time of terror and mass killings, not only by terrorists but by mad men/women and governments.  Humans are a crazy species.  I’ve always been afraid of bears on hiks, but I walk among humans ever day – I never hear of bears killing massive amounts of other bears.  Why am I more afraid of bears in nature than humans in “civilization?”

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Read a little about Tunisia, Tunisia-France relations – in short, there is a long history there…

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