Tuesday, September 05, 2006

When will people learn...?

Holidaying in Muslim countries is a bad idea. How many times must we watch Westerners die in attacks on tourists in Muslim countries before we all realize this?

I know, of course, that you can't tar all Muslims with the same brush, BUT clearly there is a violent minority that does not want our foreign cash in their country. Until the respective authorities quell these idiots, we should do what they want and not go there.

Hit them where it hurts, in their pockets.


Blogger Tanya said...

British tourists seem to have a very relaxed attitude of "won't happen to me". Then they wonder what happened when it does.

Shame, really, because some of these Muslim countries are very beautiful and steeped in history.

05 September, 2006 10:28  
Anonymous Sir Stewart Wallace said...

Ack! Non beta blog comment woes!

As I'd tried to say earlier, the overwhelming fact is, nothing will happen to them.
How many Brit tourists have been to Jordan this year? 1 death out of all of those is not bad odds.
Compare that to the death toll on, ooh I dunno, British roads this year alone for some perspective.

This is why civilians should be allowed firearms.
Never mind the pocket, shooting a would be killer in the fucking bollocks, now THAT would hurt.

05 September, 2006 10:57  
Anonymous Cliff said...

Finally someone said it without being racist.

In a friendly way, I say to Muslim countries: "You have issues. Call me when you sort them out and I will visit your beautiful country."

05 September, 2006 13:12  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I agree.

05 September, 2006 16:40  
Blogger Will said...

Hmmm, I think that's a bit over the top. Not that I have an alternative suggestion. But are you going to add New York, Madrid and London to the no-go list?

05 September, 2006 19:00  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Tanya: They are, yes. I'd love to visit many of them, but not in the foreseeable future, I fear.

Sir Stew: Absolutely, odds are you'll have no problem. But when you do hear of Western tourists being killed or kidnapped or whatever, where were they?And you can guarantee someone was shouting "Allah akbar".

Cliff: Exactly. I'm not being racist. And Lord knows I did my bit for Muslim relations with my posts on the recent Lebanon atrocity, but sometimes you've got to tell it like it is. Sad but true.

Candy: Good ;-)

05 September, 2006 19:00  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Will: That was in fact something that I was going to mention in my post, but I had to rush out and do some work stuff. Grr. The simple answer is that it seems equally unsafe (or safe, depending on your POV) everywhere these days when it comes to terrorist action.

Arguably, though, the crux of my post is tourism sanctions against terrorist actions.

I would not have visited Northern Ireland at the height of IRA activity, and I would not have visited Madrid (and certain other areas of Spain) when ETA action was at its peak. NYC is pretty much only a target of "outside" factions -- i.e., anti-Western Muslims.

And if we take into account large-scale terrorist actions of the past five years, we are largely talking about extremist Muslim groups, so my original point still stands: remove tourism dollars from their countries.

I don't want to come across as racist or extreme in my views, because I'm really not. But there has been a notable lack of condemnation of extreme Islamicism from within the Muslim community. If they had a reason to condemn it (such as needing Western money again), maybe they'd be a bit quicker off the mark.

05 September, 2006 19:14  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Well, I don't think we should even DEAL with trade with Saudi Arabia. That's how I feel. It was their citizens who attacked the wtc. Get real. I don't understand how any American, almost anyone can drive a car after 9/11.

I have a severe sense of KillBill though. Fuck them.

I don't understand why Americans would continue to buy their oil. I just scratch my head. Canada can sell it to America for cheaper. We have tons of the crap.

Tax $1 a gallon. Innovation for transportation would happen overnight.

I avoid China prioducts because they hate giirl babies.

Consumers need to have some fucking balls.

Don't travel and spend your money in countries that sanction hatred, racism, sexism, intolerance and rape the earth.

In other words...sit still a little.

I have a best friend who is Iranian. His former country doesn't believe in all the shit of their leader. But they also don't want to be American and generic. There is a big difference between being racist and wanting to live a different way. Iran doesn't care about England or America...they just want to live their lives.

Their leader is a narcissist and show off. It is better to ignore him.

Avoid where terrorism is being played out against tourists.

When countries stop invading or attacking or visiting war stops.

05 September, 2006 23:30  
Blogger Camie Vog said...

Let's face it, we are only occidentals in their eyes.

06 September, 2006 02:07  

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