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Why Terrorists Target Hotels


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2015 Nov 20, 10:58am   4,218 views  8 comments

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lame title: Everyone knows they are least likely to be armed. Plus it's a good way for Islamists to target westerners.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/20/opinions/bergen-hotels-targeted-terrorists/index.html

The attack unfolding Friday at the Radisson Blu in Mali shows that terrorists are particularly interested in striking targets with prominent American brand names that cater to Westerners.

Hotels are in the hospitality business and can't turn themselves into fortresses, while hotels that house Westerners are, of course, prime targets for ISIS as well as for al Qaeda and its affiliates. These two factors make hotels a particularly attractive target for jihadist terrorists.

The scourge of these attacks on American brand-name hotels and hotels catering to Westerners in the Muslim world is, unfortunately, likely to continue because of the relative ease of access to many of these hotels that terrorists can achieve. The symbolism for jihadist terrorists is high given the fact that they can potentially kill Westerners and, as is the case with Friday's attack at the Radisson Blu in Mali, they also are attacking a major international hotel company with an American brand name.

In 2003, suicide attackers bombed the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 12 and they attacked it again six years later, while simultaneously attacking the Ritz Carlton hotel in the Indonesian capital, killing seven. Similarly, a Marriott was bombed in Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2008, resulting in the deaths of 54 people.

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1   zzyzzx   2015 Nov 20, 12:09pm  

Ironman says

So, what's the solution to fix it?

Arm everybody. If everyone were walking around with M141's, there would be very few successful terrorist attacks.

2   MMR   2015 Nov 20, 12:42pm  

Ironman says

So, what's the solution to fix it?

Stop asking questions you already know the answer to lol

3   Blurtman   2015 Nov 22, 12:46pm  

Americans traveling abroad cannot easily arm themselves. Which is why Torch Emâ„¢ underarm deodorant is catching on.

Warning: Turn device off before applying.

4   Y   2015 Nov 22, 6:35pm  

So they can steal the linen in the frenzy?

MMR says

Why Terrorists Target Hotels

5   MisdemeanorRebel   2015 Nov 22, 6:38pm  

Obviously Mali Hotels are attacked because of Palestine and Franco-Algerian unemployment.

6   NDrLoR   2015 Nov 22, 6:54pm  

MMR says

Why Terrorists Target Hotels

To paraphrase the bank robber in the 30's: That's where the people are.

7   zzyzzx   2015 Nov 23, 9:13am  

I was thinking that terrorists were attacking hotels because of all the onerous resort fees, and extra charges for wifi and parking.

8   Strategist   2015 Nov 23, 9:38am  

zzyzzx says

I was thinking that terrorists were attacking hotels because of all the onerous resort fees, and extra charges for wifi and parking.

And all this time we were blaming Islam.

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