Whenever there’s a horrific attack on civilians, someone in the room has to be the first to jump up and caution the public against jumping to conclusions. On Thursday, after eyewitnesses described a truck driver deliberately accelerating into a crowd in Nice, France, and zig-zagging to kill as many people as possible, Vox world correspondent Zack Beauchamp volunteered to be that person.
A caution about Nice: We don't know a thing about who's responsible. Implying that it's for sure terrorism is premature.
— Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) July 14, 2016
Thank you for signaling your virtue. We all appreciate everything you're doing for yourself. MT @zackbeauchamp A caution about Nice:
— Alex S. (@Alex_94706) July 14, 2016
@zackbeauchamp always unsure of motivation. We get it.
— Alex (@Alivak1) July 14, 2016
Untangling motives can be a tricky business that sometimes leaves even world leaders stumped.
@zackbeauchamp are you for real?
— mashudsworld (@mashudsworld) July 14, 2016
As real as the bridge connecting Gaza and the West Bank.
It's possible the driver was just very badly lost looking for the Gaza bridge https://t.co/W8RfENEFWK
— Kilgore Trout (@Beer__Wolf) July 14, 2016
That burn is never going to heal, is it?
@zackbeauchamp Yeah I think it might have been an Amish buggy.
— DTH (@DavidTHogan) July 14, 2016
@zackbeauchamp your right. It was probably the police.
— brent mohrman (@motrbotr) July 14, 2016
— Patrick Walsh (@PWalshMusic) July 14, 2016
@zackbeauchamp Yes. Because the drivers of runaway vehicles are often known to fire on police. It's a completely rational response.
— ((Nieds Dead Horse)) (@mflynny) July 14, 2016
@zackbeauchamp probably just a flower delivery gone astray, and the hostages are just unsatisfied customers.
— Catherine Wilkinson (@MsTriscuit) July 14, 2016
@zackbeauchamp It could be a customer of McDonalds really pissed off because they screwed up his order again. People are on edge these days
— John Paul (@JoPauCor) July 14, 2016
@zackbeauchamp I admire your determination to believe in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence. Worthy of a Christian martyr.
— Tom Cobley-Hobbes (@HobbesianM) July 14, 2016
@zackbeauchamp but if you had to lay odds, it would be about 99 to 1, wouldn't it?
— ((OJsBar&GrillRglr)) (@OJBarGrillRglr) July 14, 2016
It's Muslim terrorists. I got 20 bucks that say so. @zackbeauchamp
— Keep Calm and Carry (@johnnyfriegas) July 14, 2016
— DC Dude (@DCDude1776) July 14, 2016
@zackbeauchamp You're right. It's probably an NRA plot to have right-wing extremists infiltrate French trucking industry. Seriously, guy?
— Reuental_800 (@MAurelius161180) July 14, 2016
@zackbeauchamp it's terrorism. Doesn't matter who is behind it. This is a terrorist action.
— Claire N. Ett (@peacocksofcolor) July 14, 2016
@zackbeauchamp At least one witness saying the driver came out shooting, so odds that it's terrorism looking pretty good
— Will Slaughter (@MilwaukeeBonds) July 14, 2016
@zackbeauchamp what kind of terrorism is unclear, but ramming a crowd with a truck then dying in a gunfight is pretty clearly terrorism.
— James Garcia Alver (@JayAlver) July 14, 2016
— Ian Aharon White (@filmfresser) July 14, 2016
Apparently French authorities don’t read Vox …
UPDATE: Anti-terrorist investigators take over Nice attack probe: French media citing prosecutor
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 14, 2016
New reports say that the truck that was driven into the crowded street was loaded with arms and grenades. Maybe now it’s OK to venture a guess that it was terrorism? Or would that be premature?
@zackbeauchamp no it's actually smart and ok to infer, it's how humans survive
— Andrew Michael (@AndrewM1chael) July 14, 2016
@zackbeauchamp have you given American law enforcement the same courtesy?
— BJ (@gibbybj) July 14, 2016