Monday, April 24, 2006

Blood-lusters Strike a Sinai Resort

Blasts Kill 21 in Egyptian Resort City - Yahoo! News:
"Three nearly simultaneous bombings hit the Egyptian beach resort popular with foreigners Monday at the height of the tourist season, killing at least 21 people and wounding more than 60 a day after
Osama bin Laden issued a taped warning against Westerners.

The bombers struck the Sinai seaside town of Dahab in the early evening along a crowded promenade of shops, restaurants and bars. Authorities said 18 of the dead were Egyptian and that a Russian and a Swiss were also killed.

The explosions hit the central part of the city at 7:15 p.m. when the streets were jammed with tourists going for walks, shopping or looking for a restaurant or bar for evening festivities by the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Aqaba.

'There were just three loud bangs and people rushing around,' British tourist Paul McBeath told Sky News. 'Everybody is shaken.'

Another witness said the Al Capone restaurant, one of the area's most popular spots, was destroyed.

'The tables and chairs have gone, there is nothing left,' Joseph Nazir, who owns a safari company in Dahab, told Britain's Press Association. 'Everybody is panicking, a lot of people are crying. We will be affected by this for a long, long time.'

Hotels and guesthouses were filled with foreigners and with Egyptians celebrating the long Coptic Christian Easter weekend that coincided this year with Shem al-Nessim, the ancient holiday marking the first day of spring.

For years, Dahab was a popular, low-key haven for young Western and Israeli backpackers drawn by prime scuba diving sites and cheap hotels, which mainly consisted of huts set up along the beach. In recent years, a number of more upscale hotels have been built, including a five-star Hilton resort."
They will not stop. They can not stop. Nothing short of the annihilation of the unrepentant Dhimmi's and heretical muslims will do. Only the establishment of a world-wide Caliphate will satisfy.

Andrew Cochran of the Counterterrorism Blog has these updates:
Walid Phares comments on MSNBC: Must have been insiders in the hotels and a terrorist network in place in the area which planned the attacks. Egyptian security believes this was a complicated operation - Al Qaeda links are possible, but not certain.

Jerusalem Post: "(A) high ranking Israeli security official recently told the Jerusalem Post that the al-Qaida movement was operating a mere 30 kilometers south of Israel." Another Israeli article raises the Al Qaeda issue.

Just last week, Egyptian authorities arrested 22 men calling itself the "Victorious Group" and allegedly planning bomb attacks on tourist targets, a gas pipeline near Cairo and Muslim and Christian religious leaders.

Last year on July 22 (July 23 in Egypt), terrorists attacked the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. Egyptian authorities moved swiftly to arrest suspects in that case. We posted about that attack several times:

My July 22 running news summary of bombings which killed scores of tourists - includes links to stories about the 2004 attack there which killed 34 people.

Evan Kohlmann: "London, Taba, and Sharm el-Sheikh" on July 25 and "Egyptian Group With Apparent Zarqawi Link Claims Responsibility for Sharm el-Sheikh Bombings" on July 26.

Reuters notes that the two Sharm el-Sheikh attacks were on Egyptian holidays -- October 6 and July 23. "Monday's explosions coincided with the ancient spring festival of Shamm el-Nessim, when Egyptians head out of town."
Egypt has suppressed several islamofascist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, in the past. The arab country was also the first nation to recognize the State of Israel. Islamofascists like Al Zarqawi would certainly see Egypt as a traitor and puppet of the West.

Once again, the blood-lusters know their murderous business well. They attack a resort known to cater to young westerners and Israelis. They murder at least thirty people--mostly Egyptians--in a tourist resort during the height of spring tourism. Their heinous act threatens Egypt's economy and threatens Westerners simultaneously.

The islamofascists would love to collapse Mubarak's presidency. An islamofascist dictatorship in Egypt would pincer Israel and threaten nearby Jordan, which also shares a border with an unstable Iraq and Iran's proxy, Syria.

They will never stop until they have murdered whomever opposes them. The West will either soon awaken and unite in one common effort to destroy the threat that islamofascists bring. Or the West will awaken too late, and fall before the nightmarish totalitarianism that the new Caliphate will surely inflict upon the world.