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Die Welt - Germany | Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tourism and terrorism

The terrorists who carried out the bombings in the Egyptian resort of Dahab wanted to "strike at the very heart of the Western way of life," says Dietrich Alexander. "This is a lifestyle which, in its liberality, offends the totalitarian-oriented Islamic model of fanatic Muslims and which they perceive as a provocation. They want to attack the structures that the Western way of life has 'produced'. This is why, with increasing frequency, global tourism and global terrorism become fatally intertwined. The holiday paradises of this world are becoming the preferred battlefields of these self-appointed holy warriors who, with their crazed attacks, are perverting their own religion. No one is safe, anywhere."

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