November 9, 2015

Travelling to Terror Zones for a holiday at the Beach - Why?

On October 31, 2015, a Russian airbus crashed in the Sinai Penninsula, killing 224 people on board, including up to 25 children.

This was an unspeakable tragedy. 

A Russian father and
daughter boarding the
plane that killed them.
Most of the victims were Russians who were going home from Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian beach resort.

The cause has yet to be determined but it is believed by U.S. and British authorities that this crash was the result of the explosion of an on-board bomb, planted by affiliates of the ISIS terrorist group.

A recent news report depicted tourists at the Sharm El-Sheikh airport trying to leave the area and go home to locations all throughout Europe. It was surprising to note the number of children in this airport scene - dozens of children from the ages of toddlers up to young teens, milling about the airport with their parents.

The question arises - who goes to a terror zone for a holiday? Who takes their children to a terror zone for a few days at the beach?

The answer is - people who are not even remotely aware of what is currently occurring in the world.

One particularly disturbing photo was that of a Russian father and his young daughter boarding the plane about a half hour before it crashed. The photo is heartbreaking at levels too numerous to outline.

On March 18, 2015, a terrorist attack occurred at the Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. People were running for their lives amid gunfire. 22 people were killed and 50 wounded. Most of those killed were European tourists.

One would think that this would be a wake-up call to not go on a vacation to Tunisia.
Pray for all who died
in this tragic crash.
Not so. Many more tourists flew to Tunisia for a holiday in this terror zone.

Three months later, on June 26, 2015, a terrorist attack occurred at Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia, which is a beach resort. 38 people were killed and 39 wounded. Most of those murdered were British tourists.

No doubt thousands more Europeans have rushed to Tunisia for vacations since these two massacres.

It all boggles the mind. What are these people thinking? Or are they thinking at all?

All of North Africa, including Egypt, and many areas of sub-Saharan Africa are terror prone zones or war zones.

Almost all of the Middle East is in some sort of war or quasi-war situation.

Syria and Iraq are in a state of war. There are ongoing conflicts between Azerbaijan and Armenia. There is the never-ending war in Afghanistan. And further east there is the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

More importantly, all countries in North Africa and in the Middle East are subject to attacks by Islamist Jihadists such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda and their affiliate groups.

These are NOT places in which to vacation. These are not places to travel through or to fly over.

These are NOT places in which to vacation with your children.

Pray for all who died in the Russian Airbus crash. 

God help us. Amen.

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