Skip to comments.Bedouin Abducts Two U.S. Tourists in Sinai
Posted on 07/14/2012 1:24:03 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
Military and police officials in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Friday that two U.S. tourists have been abducted by a Bedouin seeking to pressure officials to release his detained relative.
Officials told The Associated Press the two Americans, a man and a woman, were taken along with their Egyptian tour guide, in a mountainous region in the center of the peninsula called Sabr el-Hitan.
U.S. Embassy spokesman David Lynnfield told AP the embassy was looking into the kidnapping.
Security officials say the Bedouin man abducted the tourists to pressure authorities to release his uncle detained in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria.
Sinai has seen a series of kidnappings over the past year. Abducted tourists are rarely harmed and usually released within 24 hours. .....
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Are abducted tourists ever armed?
(Your line next ... possible rhymes include "farmed" and "charmed.")
Bedouin will be their ruin!
Nothing 2c. Don’t be alarmed.
Getting abducted could be fun.
Think what a great movie was
The Wind and the Lion.
If you haven’t been abducted,
You simply aren’t tryin’.
Egypt is being run by the insane with absolutely no lawful boundaries. Stay as far away as possible.
LOL! Good job!
My mother and her friends went to Egypt (and Israel) in 1999, iirc. They liked the Nile cruise. And I think one of the Undead Thread regulars went this year with her mother.
When I was belly-dancing in Tulsa, I knew a lot of people who had been to Egypt. One lady said she went right after the shooting incident at the Pyramids, and the US Consulate gave her a private armed detachment the whole time. Maybe she was the only American tourist!
Much as I’d like to see the Cairo Museum, I can just look at the book or see it on DVD - inexpensive and safe!
You’d have to abduct me to get me to visit Egypt. Took ten plagues and a split sea to get my ancestors out.
I understand. My brother and I feel that way about our ancestral homeland, Philadelphia.
Traveled to Egypt when I was on active duty back in the 1970’s, didn’t care for it so much. Actually, had more fun for the short time I was in Philly!
The bad parts of Philly, from which my parents escaped, are like Detroit. The good parts are Rainbow Territory.
As in Egypt, one can enjoy a view of the historic sites, if one carefully ignores everything else!
And that is exactly what I managed to do!
Mega LOLs! All it took for me to leave the City of Brotherly Love after being in business there for 30 years was Fast Eddie's 7% sales tax hike -- on top of the school tax, the sales & use tax, the licensing & inspection tax, the wage tax, the high gasoline tax, and the state income tax. (On top of the various Federal taxes.)
When I was belly-dancing in Tulsa....
Tourists, really? C’mon, what person in his right mind would go to Eqypt now. I imagine they are spies of some kind. It isn’t as if we don’t send spies places.
Didn’t 0bama compare himself to Teddy Roosevelt many times?
Should I hold my breath waiting for a statement like:
“This government wants Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead.”
From the punk?
Some folks might not understand the danger.I,for example,am still kicking myself for not having stayed there longer,thus allowing me to see the pyramids.I certainly wouldn't go *now*,however.
Uh, oh! Look out, kidnappers! They're looking into it!
But Obama is busy golfing and fundraising, so he probably doesn't have time to congratulate his Muslim Brotherhood pals on this clever initiative!
If you are an American and are stupid enough to be touring Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula about now then you need to get grabbed.
Hey, leave my family’s idiots out of this! ;-)
I sez "Satchmo, jus' blow it all awey!"
I have not been to Egypt in years and would be more than hesitant to go there now. And certainly not as part of a tourist group. Only on my own or with a couple others max and spending any time out with Egyptians I know. But that is the viewpoint of a businessman and not a tourist. I always feel safer not surrounded by a large and loud group of my compatriots.
The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is amazing (but then again, so was Easter service at a 1,600 year old Coptic church). Being able (the time I visited it was on a glass enclosed pedestal) to stand nose to nose a few inches away from the golden funeral mask of Tutankhamen and realize that it is the perfect representation of a living face with eyes that seemed alive was mind blowing.
What some do not realize is that Egyptians stand apart from other "Arabs". You can walk down a street in Cairo and see faces that could have come alive off of a tomb wall painting. This whole "destroy the pyramids" idea will, in my opinion, strike a very negative chord with most Egyptians who only wanted a change from almost sixty years of ham handed and corrupt military clique rule. Now they have that AND the Muslim Brotherhood fighting it out at the top level. Nope, not the time to play tourist on the Nile.
Perdicaris came back alive.
I took lessons from Shadia Dahlal in Tulsa. Back then, her “studio” was her converted garage. I studied with Habiba at “Billie McKye Dance” in Oklahoma City, too. But I kept having babies, which makes a dancer a little off-balance.
Copts are leaving Egypt, if they can. I was lost in Charlotte a few weeks ago and passed a big Coptic church, with several teams of Egyptian boys playing soccer on the lawn.
I don’t think the idea of pulling down the pyramids - or covering them with wax, was that the other suggestion? - is going to go very far. Even if the Muslim Brotherhood wanted to give it a try, they probably couldn’t get well organized enough even to start.
But it would maybe be the perfect post-natal get-your-figure-back exercise. In any case, we've had three so I know whereof you speak.
On a serious note, the "Arab World" is anything but monolithic. But at this moment the "drunk-on-Allah" crazies are increasingly (and I believe, or perhaps hope, temporarily) taking over and caution is warranted. Pity, because the Egyptian civilization is a heritage of humanity to be shared and Islam is an ill fit covering. Cairo itself is something to see. A 24 hour beehive of humanity unlike any place else in the world.
As regards the pyramids, if you've ever seen one of the Great Pyramids the idea of "tearing it down" is laughable. Each one is a mountain made up of thousands of 2.5 to 70 ton individual stones. The good part is saying they're going to try will infuriate a vast part of the Egyptian population and definitely the elites. The ones with money and in control of the guns, that is.
Have you noticed that everything Obama has touched and associated himself with, and everywhere he has set foot to speak, has to some degree turned into a disaster? From Chicago to Cairo to Washington. It is a pattern that needs to be illustrated and reinforced in the American public's mind.
Yes, I have noticed. I thought my friend from Spain was going to up and die of rage when he was elected, but I talked her out of it with the offer of a trip to Durham to see a Spanish art exhibit. "I can't get a refund on the tickets, Dona Edra!"
Before I started Middle Eastern dance, I was a student of the oil industry, being in business school in Texas. The Middle East fascinates me. Dr. John McWhorter, the linguist, says that versions of Arabic across its range are mutually unintelligible, as different as English and Dutch, for example.
And their cultures, including dance, are also very different. Habiba was very into "folkloric" styles. Turkish vs. Arabian peninsula, no relationship at all. And the "Tunisian twist," up on your toes, very fast, large hip switches, put me on my back for a week in my 6th pregnancy. Then my husband lost his job, and his guitar lessons and my dancing were sacrificed for groceries and Scouting for the kids.
While I am sorry for them, and pray that they will be alright, I have to ask...Just how DUMB are these people?
Egypt? Really? What were they thinking....never mind, I know the answer...they weren’t!
I have taken belly dancing lessons for the past 7 years. I do Egyptian/American Cabaret but thinking of trying Tribal.
I too would like to go see Egypt but not right now with the political situation being as it is.
Egyptian/raks sharqi is a good style with a lot of general appeal. For my taste, American Tribal is just too *American*. As with Japanese Flamenco, at some point, you’ve left the original genre and gone someplace totally different!
Have to agree with you and I wouldn’t think of Tribal style except my teacher is laid up with injuries and the nearest classes are with someone who specializes in tribal.
I’ve gotten pretty good at making costumes for myself.
I had my son years before I got serious with my dancing but found it helped get rid of the weight I gained when I gave up smoking.
I was never a smoker, but I put on weight with stress in Oklahoma - unemployment, and four children in five years - and dancing helped a lot. Habiba wanted me to dance at a festival when I was a week from delivery with ... Elen, I think. I said I should have a sign that said, “Top breeder!” There were a lot of Moslems in Norman, OK, studying petroleum engineering and geology at the University of Oklahoma ;-).
There’s nothing to lose in learning a new style, and you might really like it. To me, it seems like American Tribal underemphasizes the real skills of Middle Eastern dance ... the isolations, the individual relation to the music ... but it’s fun and it’s exercise.
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