When terrorist attacks occur outside of Western nations they tend to get less coverage here. But they are equally horrific, as the New Year’s Eve nightclub attack that has left 39 dead in its wake—and a perpetrator who is still at large—demonstrates.
And let’s not forget that such attacks outside the West occur with great frequency, and that most of the time they represent the internal war within Islam for control of the Muslim world. That internal war is of huge importance.
Sunday’s attack struck at the heart of secular Turkish nightlife, targeting one of the most famous nightclubs in Istanbul. Nearly 600 people from around the world were gathered to ring in the New Year when a gunman opened fire, killing nearly 40.
This was very specifically aimed at Muslims who aren’t strict observers of the more austere aspects of the religion. Among the dead are 11 Turks; 7 Saudis; 3 Iraqus; 3 Lebanese; two each from Jordan, India, and Morocco; and one each from Germany, Syria, Israel, France, Tunisia, Belgium, Kuwait, Canada, and Russia.
So you can see that another goal was to discourage international tourism in the country.
RIP to the victims.