• Who Benefits from the Tragedy? Tour Sales from Russia to Egypt Down 70 Percent

    November 9, 2015

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    One of the most basic precepts of detective work is always to first ask, “who benefits from a crime (cui bono)?” That answer will often point you toward your perp, and his motive.

    With the downing of a Russian passenger jet over the Sinai, departing one Egyptian airport bound for another, a full list of who might benefit from the tragedy is long. Depending on your politics, some of these that seem like conspiracy theories to you will be likely culprits to others:

    — the U.S. could benefit by inflaming feelings worldwide about ISIS, reinforcing the narrative of how evil they are;

    — the U.S. could also benefit by sending a message to the Russians that they have chosen to play inside a dangerous sandbox;

    — the Russians could benefit by enraging their own people, prepping them for a longer fight in the region;

    — Chechnyan terrorists could benefit by carrying on their war against Russia, having found a security weak spot inside Egypt;

    But it is ISIS, or another of the radical Muslim terror groups at war with the pro-U.S. thugs now running Egypt, that seem to benefit the most. The downing of the airplane has hit tourism to Egypt very hard, a painful blow to an unpopular government given that tourism brings in $11 billion of revenue and employs 12 percent of the Egyptian workforce. This is a clearly destabilizing situation.

    And that’s just tourism in general in Egypt. The choice to down a Russian airplane does not seem random. Egypt is the most world’s most popular warm weather holiday spot for Russians. In the first half of 2015, over one million Russians visited the country, many to the same resort area from which the doomed plane departed. A clear signal was sent: Russians (and your money) stay away.

    It seems to be working. According to the New York Times, bookings from Russia to Egypt fell 70 percent overall in the aftermath of the Metrojet plane crash. Before the crash, more than 25 flights travelled from Egypt to Russia every day. To give you a better idea of the scope of tourism, suspension of scheduled service has stranded more than 45,000 Russians in Egypt.

    So perhaps there is more than a little validity to the idea that ISIS, or another radical Muslim group, is behind the downing of the Russian plane. But not for the crude narrative reasons the United States and Britain are pushing out. This is more about Egypt than anything else, and the real weapon being used is tourism dollars (rubles?)




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    • John Poole said...

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      Add to ISIS any possible fall back Russian tourist destinations. Competition for all those the rubles is probably very intense.

      11/9/15 8:03 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      Grater U卐rael !

      11/9/15 9:55 AM | Comment Link

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