Friday, 5 April 2013

Reaping The Whirlwind

After the revolution that put the Muslim brotherhood into power, Egyptians are complaining that all the tourists have gone.

Strange that, you vote of an Islamic party, and they threaten non Muslims, both fellow citizens and foreigners (including attacks on bars and restaurants that sell alcohol), but expect the stupid Westerners to still come to the country in vast numbers and spend money. The brotherhood want no alcohol sold, no women in bikinis, or any mixed sex bathing at beaches ..... just the message Western tourists want to hear.

Even our do nothing government has issued some advise about travelling to Egypt, the UK Foreign Office travel advice to Egypt mentions "a high risk of attacks which could be indiscriminate, including in public places frequented by foreigners" .... they don't issue that advice lightly. But maybe after reports of kidnappings in Sinai, felt that they had to. However to my mind, there has always been a large extremist element in Egypt.

No More Western Tourists in Islamist Egypt?

I can still recall the killing of German tourists a few years ago ... (17 November 1997), an attack in Luxor when six armed Islamic terrorists attack tourists at Egypt's Luxor Ruins. 62 killed, 26 injured. Also the 2004 Sinai bombings, and 2005 Sharm el-Sheikh attacks, and then the sectarian attacks like that on 1st January 2011 in Alexandria, Egypt, when a car bomb exploded outside a Coptic Orthodox church after worshippers had gathered for a prayer celebration on New Year's Eve. 21 dead, 97 injured

All these were by people who hold very similar views to those who run Egypt now ..... not encouraging for the future of Egypt's tourist trade.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like the Turks are trying to do the same thing. Anti-Beer laws (within a certain distance of Mosques and schools - which is just about everywhere). Next it will be no bikinis on streets or beaches, and then the tourists will be gone.


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