The attack on Thursday 17 August in Barcelona was also condemned in the United States, where Donald Trump could not help but trigger a new controversy a few hours after the tragedy.
Being in a press conference shortly after the attack, the US Secretary of State quickly assured that his country was ” ready to assist ” the Spanish authorities. Rex Tillerson adds: ” Terrorists around the world must know that the United States and its allies are determined to find them and bring them to justice .”
President Donald Trump tweeted a little later to condemn the terrorist attack. A speed that contrasts with the slowness of his reaction Saturday, August 12 after the death of a young woman killed by a neo-Nazi sympathizer in the United States. ” Be tough and strong, we love you,” he concluded first.
But the American president did not stop there. He then encouraged to “ study ” a method that would have allowed a century ago to eradicate Islamist terrorism for 35 years, a reference already heard during its election campaign.
Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
According to him, during the occupation of the Philippines, General Pershing captured 50 terrorists to execute 49 and send the last to tell his village what he had escaped. But there are two problems: on the one hand, technology is odious, and on the other hand, it is a fable, contradicted by historians. Thus, all his desire to promote the law of retaliation against radical Islam, Trump missed the opportunity to display a unifying and dignified position.