The explosions that ripped apart the Ghazala Gardens hotel in Egypt today serve to remind us that this is a global war. Those of us on the right need no reminder but those on the left, they seem to need a reminder all the time. They believe if only we stopped fighing them then they will love us again.
In all, 88 people were confirmed dead, mostly Egyptians, said Saeed Abdel Fattah, manager of the Sharm el-Sheik International Hospital where the victims were taken. At least 119 people were also injured, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said.
Among the dead were two Britons, two Germans, an Italian and a Czech, according to Abdel Fattah and officials from the victims’ nations.
The attacks were well-coordinated. The car bombs ? apparently driven by suicide attackers ? detonated almost simultaneously at the 176-room luxury Ghazala Gardens hotel in Sharm’s main strip of Naama Bay and also two miles away in a minibus lot in the Old Market, ravaging a coffee shop frequented by Egyptians who work at Sharm’s resorts.
A third blast, hidden in a sack, went off about the same time near a boardwalk along the beach where tourists often stroll at night.
At the Ghazala Gardens hotel, construction workers cleared away the flattened reception lobby after emergency teams apparently gave up the search for survivors after a car packed with 660 pounds of explosives barreled into the hotel’s driveway and detonated.
Officials said the death toll was not expected to rise significantly.
The attackers also pinpointed holes in the resort’s security: The Ghazala is one of the few hotels with a reception area easily accessible from the main road, and the Old Market has no security checks, unlike parking areas along the main hotel strip, a security official involved in the investigation told The Associated Press.
Egyptian police detained at least 20 people for questioning, including local Bedouin tribesmen near the scene of the bombings, although none were currently suspected of involvement, said police officials speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
One security official involved in the investigation said some witnesses told police the bombers “did not appear to be locals.” DNA samples were being analyzed, he said, although he would not elaborate if those samples belonged to attackers. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation continued.
Questions remain about who is responsible but it is most certainly connected to Al-Qaeda in some way. You will remember that Bin Laden first formed this group by merging his own group with two Egyptian terrorist groups al-Gamaa al-Islamiyyah & the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, although the two groups are constantly fighting each other which probably hampers their operational side quite a bit. This country has been a terrorist battlefield for quite sometime and for those who cry ‘it’s because of Iraq”, please get a grip. It wasn’t Iraq that caused the huge bloodshed during the 90’s in Egypt and it isn’t now. If it was then most certainly Kuwait or Qatar would of been hit first due to their hosting of US troops.
Oct. 21, 1992 — Militants ambush tourist bus, killing a British woman and wounding two British men.
Feb. 26, 1993 — Bomb in Cairo coffee shop kills a Turk, a Swede and an Egyptian and wounds 20.
June 8 — Bomb near tour bus on Pyramids Road in Cairo, kills two Egyptians and wounds 22, including five Britons.
Oct. 27 — A man described as mentally disturbed shoots dead two Americans, one French and an Italian at a Cairo hotel.
March 4, 1994 — Gunmen fire at Nile cruiser in southern Egypt. A German woman tourist dies.
Aug. 26 — Gunmen attack a tourist bus in southern Egypt, kill Spanish boy.
Sept. 27 — Gun attack in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada kills two Egyptians and two German tourists.
Oct. 23 — Suspected Muslim militants kill a British tourist and wound three in a minibus attack.
April 18, 1996 — Islamic militants shoot dead 18 Greek tourists they mistook for Israelis near the Pyramids.
Sept. 18, 1997 — Nine German tourists and their driver killed in shooting and firebomb attack outside Egyptian Museum.
Nov. 17 — Attackers kill 58 tourists and four Egyptians at an ancient temple near southern town of Luxor. Six gunmen and three police also die.
Oct. 7, 2004 – Bombings at the Taba Hilton hotel on Egypt’s border with Israel and two beaches further south kill 34 people.
April 7, 2005 – An attack in a Cairo bazaar kills an American, two French and the suspected suicide bomber.
April 30 – A suicide bomber wounds seven, including two Israelis, an Italian and a Swede, near the Egyptian museum.
July 23 – Car bombs in Sharm el-Sheikh kill at least 83 and wound more than 200, including many foreigners.
Yeah, it’s all Iraq…sigh.
Norm notices that the victims of terrorism includes many nationalities:
The Sharm hospital official, Abdel Fattah, said 43 foreigners were wounded, including 13 Italians, nine Britons, five Austrians, five Germans, four Spaniards, a Czech, an Israeli Arab, two Saudis, two Kuwaitis and a Qatari national.
The Sandmonkey has some inside information:
I have just spoken to the owner of the Ghazala Gardens hotel Mr. Khalil, a family friend, just to make sure he was ok. Apparently he sold the hotel a few months ago ( good timing), but he still had some information to give. The suicidebombers apparently drove the car through the glass doors and blow the car inside the lobby, killing all the night shift people. He informed me that the number of the wounded is a lot more then they are announcing “500 at least”, especially that there are others uncounted for under the wreakage of the hotels and with our government’s habit of not reporting the egyptian casualties, cause , you know, they won’t hurt our tourism reputation abroad. But foreigners, well, they immedietly get reported. They are human beings after all, made from some better material than the ones we egyptians are made of for some reason as far as our government is concerned.
Sharm El Sheikh is one of the most secure areas in Egypt: driving in you get stopped in about 3 checkpoints with ID’s and car searches and shit like that, and it’s easy to control because there is only road to it. This happend there and it wasn;t just one car: It was 3 cars. 3 armed cars passed through their inspections and security blocs and were able to inflict the carnage it inflicted. And again, this is in Sharm el sheikh, the fortress of Egyptian security ever since the Taba bombings.
In that last paragraph he makes a great point. To blow up innocent men, women and children in London is not that hard since it’s such a open and completely PC country. Egypt is another animal all together. To carry out this operation took a huge amount of skill, resources, & intelligence.
Dr. Sanity has some thoughts on the delusional left and their belief that terrorism doesn’t exist, that they are simply insurgents:
What we see in the delusion that “terrorism does not exist”, is a desperate attempt by the Left to explain– in terms they can understand, their own fall from power and influence in the world. They would rather believe this illusional “nightmare enemy gives so many groups new power and influence in a cynical age – and not just politicians”; rather than to deal with the fact that they no longer have the power and influence they once had, prefering to believe that it has been stolen away from them by vague conspiratorial forces.
Additiionally, they unknowingly demonstrate the typical cold grandiosity and arrogance of the true paranoid, by asserting that their own superior intellect allows them to see beyond the obvious facts that we mere mortals must deal with.
Although I don’t know what’s going to happen yesterday, I have a fairly good idea of what will happen in the near future: I will get dozens of angry emails regarding this pst–all people claiming that by pointing out this behavior that I am the one who is coldly arrogant and grandiose; and that I am delusional.
Further projection and paranoia are fairly common when one attempts to confront delusion. The confronter almost always becomes incorporated into the delusional “plot” in the eyes of the paranoid (that is why so many on the Left accuse Right-leaning bloggers of being “paid off” by the Republicans or that they are merely regurgitating the “talking points” of thw Administration–as if we don’t have independent thinking faculties that have logically brought us to the same conclusions).
The MSM and the left will continue to harp on the “It’s all about Iraq” bullcrap to further their own agenda, plain and simple. They know it isn’t true, anyone with half a brain cell could do some reading on history and figure this out and they have at least one brain cell….I mean I think they do. Or it could be another reason that the Captain pointed out:
Why, four years after 9/11, does the media and the Left still fail to grasp this? Could it be because acknowledging this fact requires a stark choice to either fight or surrender, and they would prefer to create a fantasy through sophistry to allow them to simply go AWOL instead?
I think I will end this post with Omar from Iraq The Model who has put this threat in perspective much more clearly then I ever would be able to:
I see that the London attacks would have had more profound influence over the public opinion in the world in general and in the UK in particular but last night’s came-in my opinion-as *another* reminder of the nature, ideology and goals of the terrorists.
I could sense fear in the words of Britons mixed with serious thinking that the attacks were designed just to drive the UK of Iraq and I started hearing people considering compromising with the terrorists to get out of this bloody situation.
Unfortunately many people fail to realize (or remember) that terror is targeting the human civilization without discrimination and although some attacks may seem connected with specific conflicts, the reality remains that terror is waging a full scale war against our way of living whether we’re actually living it or dreaming of it or in a broader way; any other way of living that doesn’t match their vision.
Let’s not forget that we’re not living in isolated islands anymore, we all share the globe and our interests are connected in a way that makes it almost impossible to stay away from the effects of what’s happening in other parts of this world.
Okay, suppose that the UK decided to leave Iraq, what’s next?
Egyptians leave Cairo, Londoners leave London, or I leave Baghdad??
Apparently, we’re facing the terrorists’ version of globalization where every democracy is heresy and every man or woman smoking, playing soccer or not wearing hijab or a beard is infidel.
They want their dark culture to dominate the world and they know that the only they can do that is by destroying every other culture they don’t agree with.
The threat is spreading and maybe faster that we were expecting and at this moment any appeasement or compromising with the terrorists will only give them the chance to grow more dangerous and gain more bargaining power.
What are we going to give up in the future?
Do you think paying a sustainable tribute can solve the conflict for good?
NO, there will be other *ambitions* in the future and those will be harder to satisfy.
The terrorists from all over the world are uniting against us, they have put a fixed goal and a clear enemy and that’s us and our dreams.
Shame on us if we couldn’t unite against them.