The Egyptians can kiss their tourism industry good-bye. Who in his right mind would spend hard-earned money to visit a nation like Egypt when he can go somewhere safer and less radical? What woman wants to risk a sexual assault as happens all too frequently in Egypt? Ask CBS's Lara Logan if you don't believe me. No pyramids or sphinxes are worth risking our safety. Besides, who wants to help fund a people so eager to fall into the hands of the radical Muslim Brotherhood?
Read from Weasel Zippers:
Egypt’s Victorious Islamists Plan To Make Country’s Vital Tourist Industry Sharia Compliant…
"Should do wonders for business.
CAIRO (AP) — 'Islamists are dominating Egypt’s elections and some of them have a new message for tourists: welcome, but no booze, bikinis or mixed bathing at beaches, please.
That vision of turning Egypt into a sin-free vacation spot could spell doom for a key pillar of the economy that has already been badly battered by this year’s political unrest.
“Tourists don’t need to drink alcohol when they come to Egypt; they have plenty at home,” a veiled Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Azza al-Jarf, told a cheering crowd of supporters on Sunday across the street from the Pyramids.
“They came to see the ancient civilization, not to drink alcohol,” she said, her voice booming through a set of loudspeakers at a campaign event dubbed “Let’s encourage tourism.” The crowd chanted, “Tourism will be at its best under Freedom and Justice,” the Brotherhood’s party and the most influential political group to emerge from the fall of Hosni Mubarak.'
"Tourism will be at its best under Freedom and Justice." Oh really! Egypt is on its way to becoming Iran. How many people do you know who vacation in Iran?
The Egyptian people are suffering with a terrible economy which they have exasperated by their protests and support for the radical Muslim Brotherhood and, worse yet, the Salafists. I've got news for them; the tourism industry from the West is dead and not to be revived.
Read about the suffering taking place in Egypt, via Israel Matzav:
Tearful Egyptian PM: 'Economy worse than anyone can imagine'
"In May, I blogged an article by David Goldman (Spengler) in Asia Times which claimed that the Egyptian economy was a basket case and was on the verge of collapse from rising food prices, lack of credit and the consequences of the Egyptian revolution. A month later, I blogged an article by Stanley Kurtz, which argues that the Muslim Brotherhood gaining control of Egypt would only make things worse. At the time, one reader commented,
'If there is anyone more ignorant about the Arab Muslim world than Spengler i'd like to know who.
He does not understand either the Muslim mind, nor Middle East politics.
Do you take the word of someone who has never been to an Arab Muslim country as being an expert on it, because you really believe he knows what he is talking about, or because he says what you want to hear.'
Well, it seems that Spengler knows a h*** of a lot more about the Arab Muslim world - at least when it comes to economics - than that reader knows. On Sunday, the interim Egyptian Prime Minister (who is not from the Muslim Brotherhood - he served as Prime Minister under Mubarak from 1996-99) broke down in tears in front of journalists describing the state of the Egyptian economy.
'Kamal el-Ganzouri, the third temporary prime minister since Mubarak’s ouster in February, said his priorities were the restoration of security and economic progress.
At one point in his news conference, el-Ganzouri became teary eyed as he recalled seeing “an Egyptian man on TV saying I want security, not bread.”
He said austerity measures were needed to start reducing the deficit but that no new taxes will be imposed. He did not elaborate on exact steps.
El-Ganzouri said his government will not consider loans from the International Monetary Fund until the outlook of the Egyptian budget becomes clear. In the summer, the IMF offered a $3 billion loan, but Egyptian officials turned it down.
The IMF is projecting Egypt’s economic growth to be just 1.2 per cent this year, compared with about 5 per cent in 2010.
“Solidarity is needed to face the economic crisis and security problem for citizens to be pleased with the revolution,” he said.
Urban consumer inflation in Egypt rose to an annual 9.1 per cent in November from 7.1 per cent in October. The unemployment rate in the third quarter climbed to 12 per cent from just under 9 per cent a year earlier. Net international reserves dropped by roughly 40 per cent by the end of October, compared with the end of 2010.
The military council, which stepped in to rule when Mubarak was pushed out, appointed el-Ganzouri and his government at the end of November after a violent crackdown on protesters demanding an end to military rule.'
And just imagine that Obama is defeated in November 2012 and the Republican President and Congress decide not to fund a Muslim Brotherhood-led government that wants to abrogate its treaty with Israel.
The work of the righteous is performed from Heaven. Let's just try to be righteous fellow Israelis."