It’s a new day, but the story seems to be similar to the one that has been playing out repeatedly over the last few hundred years.
Another day, another Islamic rampage.
In the majority Christian nation of Kenya, Al-Shabab terrorists have once again struck, slaughtering dozens of innocent victims.
On Sunday night, two minivans full of armed terrorists entered the town of Mpketetoni and began shooting. At the local hotel, the terrorists pulled the men out, lined them up and ordered the women to watch as they killed the men. Then the gunmen began going door to door through the village – at each home they asked if the inhabitants were Muslims, when the families would reply that they were Christian, the terrorists killed them.
Al-Shabab is the same terrorist organization that carried out the attack on a mall in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi last fall. They murdered 67 people there – for the crime of not being Muslim.
The terrorists claim that the attack was in retaliation to Kenya’s oppression of Muslims.
(How the disgusting slaughter of 50 innocent villagers, who have nothing to do or say about the oppression of others is not clear. The truth is that this is probably more about the cowardice of Al-Shabab attacking unarmed innocent civilians instead of focusing their ire on Kenya’s government…)
Al-Shabab also warned tourists to stay away from Kenya.
Tourists were then warned: “Kenya is now officially a war zone and as such any tourists visiting the country do so at their own peril. Foreigners with any regard for their safety and security should stay away from Kenya.”
Mpeketoni is about 20 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of the tourist center of Lamu. Any tourism in Mpeketoni is mostly local, with few foreigners visiting the area. The town is 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the Somali border and 360 miles (600 kilometers) from Nairobi.
Kenya has experienced a wave of gunfire and bomb and grenade attacks in recent months. The U.S., U.K., France, Australia, and Canada have all recently upgraded their terror threat warnings for the country. U.S. Marines behind sandbag bunkers have for some days been stationed on the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.
… Kenya’s deteriorating security situation and travel warnings from foreign embassies has already hit the country’s tourism sector.
The region saw a spate of kidnappings of foreign tourists in 2011 that Kenya said was part of its motivation for attacking al-Shabab in Somalia. Since those attacks and subsequent terror warnings, tourism has dropped off sharply around Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the country’s oldest continually inhabited town.
Al-Shabab claimed responsbility for a double bombing in Kampala, Uganda during the 2010 World Cup final that killed more than 70 people.
Tourism is one of Kenya’s most important industries and the goal of the attack all along was likely to hurt Kenya’s wallet…no matter how gruesome they needed to be to do it.
That is the point though, isn’t it? For these Muslim “extremists,” people have no value other than their ability to be used as leverage. The one constant about Islamic actions around the world is that they are constantly using innocent people to send a message to everyone else. Islamic terrorists are cowards. This cowardly act is just more evidence of that fact.
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