Adventure Tourism in Egypt

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Post Arab Spring Egypt is a barrel of laughs.

Just over two years ago the president glowingly praised the US-assisted Arab Spring, claiming a triumph of US-style values. He reaffirmed American exceptionalism and his “firm belief that America’s interests are not hostile to people’s hopes; they’re essential to them.”

But things haven’t turned out so well. In Luxxor, home of the most important ancient Egyptian treasures, for example, US-allied president Mohamad Morsi has just appointed as new governor a member of the Gamaa Islamiya terrorist group, which which was responsible for the 1997 massacre of 58 tourists.

It seems pretty funny to appoint as governor to one of the world’s most important tourist destinations a person associated with one of the most gruesome attacks on tourists in history.

Perhaps they are planning to start pushing a whole new kind of “adventure tourism” there.

5:06 pm on June 18, 2013