Don’t legitimize terrorist groups
Are these terrorists mentally ill men who fall prey to twisted radicalization, or are they true soldiers of terrorism [“Attack on the Riviera,” News, July 15]?
I’ve read reports on the May knife attacks in Munich, Germany, and the attack in Nice, France. The world has to seriously consider how we can responsibly identify and help our under-serviced, under-treated, under-supervised mentally ill population.
The world has to take action on two fronts: First, create more antipsychotic medication, and open more supervised housing for mentally ill people. Second, research the true backgrounds of our immigrants.
In Nice, it was only after the world declared his actions terrorism that the Islamic State group claim Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel as one of its soldiers. Why give ISIS and other terrorist organizations more legitimacy while creating more fear when we rush to identify an attacker?
Debbie GinsbergWest Hempstead
France gets an A+ for memorials and F- for finding terrorists before they attack [“Attack on the Riviera,” News, July 15].
Donald J. SykesEast Rockaway