Terrorism is an all-too-frequent tactic these days, and it seems there’s a hideous attack reported on the news somewhere every other week or so. We’ve almost gone numb to it. While all acts are deplorable, there’s something particularly perverse when innocent tourists are the intentional objective of the strike. These attacks certainly garner international outrage and attention, which is surely the point, but they also hurt the local economies that depend on the tourism industry. Understandably, visitors tend to stay away from regions that have been in the headlines for these nefarious reasons. However, we can’t stop traveling and exploring this diverse planet for fear of random incidents. Staying home isn’t necessarily the safe approach. As we have seen, something as simple as going to your local church, school or cinema can be met with homegrown violence. The best thing we can do is to carry on with our daily lives, taking reasonable safety and security precautions, of course, but not cowering in fear of some potential jeopardy. If we do that, as they say, the terrorists win. Let’s never forget these 10 times terrorists targeted tourists, but let’s continue to gallivant, globetrot, explore, discover and befriend across borders to honor the victims and stick it to the barbaric monsters who perpetrate these senseless acts.
1. Luxor Massacre, Egypt
One of the darkest times terrorists targeted tourists occurred in Egypt on November 17, 1997. Deir el-Bahri, across the Nile from Luxor, is one of Egypt’s main archeological sites and tourist attractions. Six gunmen, thought to be from the Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya organization, systematically slaughtered 62 people, 58 of them foreigners on holiday. Some of the bodies were mutilated by machetes. Among the tragic victims were a 5 year old British child and two Japanese honeymooners. Another attempted terrorist attack was recently thwarted at Luxor’s Karnak temple on June 12, 2015.