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Let's fight terror - by holidaying in gorgeous, welcoming Tunisia

The worst possible response to these horrible killings would be to abandon the country to the Islamists

4 July 2015

9:00 AM

4 July 2015

9:00 AM

Just as a pilgrimage to Mecca is a holy obligation for all Muslims, it should now be a patriotic duty for as many Brits as possible to holiday in Tunisia. I say this not to make light of the tragic attack on the beach at Sousse last week, but to urge everyone to show the terrorists that they cannot win. They want to terrify us and shut down Tunisia’s resurgent tourist trade. They want to turn it into a failed state, a recruiting ground for lobotomised self-detonators. What better reaction could there be for those untouched by this attack than to laugh at our enemies and board the next flight to Hammamet?

Even now, you’re more likely to be killed in a traffic accident in Britain than by a terrorist in North Africa. There are risks when you climb into a taxi on the way to the airport; risks that the hotel balcony may collapse. The question is whether the reward is worth the risks, and in the case of Tunisia the answer is an emphatic yes.

Everyone looks for different things in a summer holiday. For some it’s booze and beaches, for others it’s museums, crumbling ruins and the local food. Tunisia does it all. Boozy Brits are well catered for. The national beer, Celtia, produced on licence from Löwenbräu, is a fine brew. Tunisia has been producing wine for two millennia, and does a fiendish line in firewater. Take your pick from boukha, a 40-per-cent fig spirit; laghmi, a fermented palm wine; and Thibarine, a date concoction said to have its origins with 19th-century monks. Booze aside, there are tajines, couscous, spicy harissa, grilled fish, chorba and lablabi soups, kamounia meat stew, and all sorts of salads.


If your tastes are more cultural, you can’t beat the ancient land of the lotus-eaters. Rupert Edis, son of a former British ambassador to Tunisia, recommends ‘the atmospheric Roman ruins and mosaics of Dougga, deep in the green rolling hills of what used to be the Roman Empire’s bread-basket — or go to the amphitheatre of El Djem, with no fanny packs or garish shorts in sight to detract from visions of gladiators and wild animals in the sand. It may be the most memorable thing you ever do.’

I have been dipping in and out of Tunisia for almost 30 years, often en route to Libya. It is a wonderful slice of the Maghreb. Apart from the miles of white beaches, azure skies and limpid waters, Tunisia has a magnificent swath of the Sahara to explore. Hop on a camel, or a dune buggy if you must, and head into the Grand Erg Oriental sand sea for unforgettable nights under the stars. Desert travel is one of the greatest experiences in life,  and it’s virtually on our doorstep in Tunisia. As the hoary old explorer  ir Wilfred Thesiger wrote in Arabian Sands, ‘Here in the desert I found all that I asked; I knew that I should never find it again.’

While Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen have been falling apart, while Egypt has plumbed new depths as a police state under President Sisi, Tunisia has been the success story of the Arab Spring. Democracy has been putting down roots. That is one reason it was attacked and why it now needs our support. ‘I have seen the effect of similar attacks in Egypt and elsewhere and know how much it means to people in those places to have visitors show solidarity and spend money,’ says the writer and North Africa hand Anthony Sattin. ‘Brits are usually among the first back in.’

In other words, the worst possible response is to abandon Tunisia to the Islamists, consigning a small country dependent on tourism to the economic scrapheap. That will merely produce a new generation of disenfranchised young men, fertile recruits for homoerotic, narcissistic death cults. These are the same people who will try to attack us beyond Tunisia’s borders, so abandoning the country is false security.

Thanks to our enemies, Tunisia is now a great place for a budget break: a week’s holiday, including flights and seven nights in a five-star hotel half-board, has already been more than halved to £338 per person. After the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, there was a concerted plea by New York City for the visitors not to be put off, and to help its tourist industry. Tunisia’s people may lack the power to make a similarly powerful appeal, but those who do visit can be assured of the warmest of welcomes — and heartfelt thanks for supporting a country (and its people) at the moment of greatest need. I’ll see you on the beach. Mine’s a large infidel boukha, with a cleansing Celtia chaser.

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  • Infidelissima

    Yes yes, lovely, historical, wonderful people, if only there wasn’t this pesky threat that one might get either slaughtered on a beach by a peaceful Muslim, or kidnapped and held for ransom by a terrorist group, or if a woman, gang raped and then left strangled in some ditch by the hospitable lads over there, ey?

    I’m in Israel right now: I like spending my money in a country that fights islamic terrorism with all means necessary. That means I have to vacation outside of Europe for now. The time for tourists to go to Muslim countries is finished.

    • Mow_the_Grass

      Baroch le Yisrael vi tehinie

    • Ronovitch

      I was in Israel last summer when it started murdering thousands of innocent civilians living in Gaza – hundreds of young children were among those killed and maimed in one of the most despicable terrorist attacks in recent history. The Israelis were even slaughtering little boys playing football on a beach. Israel is a horrendously dangerous, paranoid, racist country – one that offers all kinds of warped propaganda for massacring innocent people. It’s a terrifying place for a holiday – stay away.

      • Coastliner

        Yawn.

        • Ronovitch

          Yes, you’re so relaxed with ISrael murdering children on a beach that you find the whole thing boring…Horrifying, but that’s the reality of a terrorist state supported by sadistic propagandists.

          • freddiethegreat

            I think he finds your overworked imagination boring.

          • blandings

            Israel is a civilised country surrounded on all sides by murderous depravity.
            It deserves our full support.

          • investigator

            Right on.

          • Zhang Wei

            Judaism is just as backwards as Islam

          • Dogsnob

            Backwards how?

          • Omallet

            er no it isn’t – what have the jews ever done for us springs to mind – nobel prizes, music, science, philosophy, arts and entertainment a state in the middle east that you can vote in be gay be a different religion

          • Coastliner

            No – I find your deluded rants boring. I also find Islamists murdering helpless grannies and children on a beach in Tunisia DELIBERATELY far more horrifying. Islamists are the REAL monsters with their indiscriminate savagery for no reason except driven by some crazed, backward ‘religion’ – not Israel defending it’s territory and right to survive. If you feel so strongly then Foxtrot Oscar over to help your ‘Palestinian’ pals.

          • Infidelissima

            ZZZZzzzzzZZZZZzzzzzzZZZZZzzzzz

            How about the 130 kids killed by asphyxiation due to tunnel collapse, while digging illegal underground killing tunnels, into 2 other sovereign nation’s territories?

          • Suzy61

            Do they launch rockets from infant schools and hospitals?

            Do they throw gays off their buildings?

            Do they gladly murder their own people for the sake of a headline?

          • logdon

            Do you mind? The froth is damaging my Mac.

      • freddiethegreat

        And they say drugs don’t affect the intellect!

        • Infidelissima

          inbreeding affects the intellect too

      • HCollins

        This is total garbage. Israel’s only aim is to survive and to protect its people from precisely the kind of terrorist outrage that we saw in Tunisia. If you want horribly dangerous, paranoid racists, go to pretty much any Arab country. Israel is a terrific, great, free country.

      • wudyermucuss

        Children do die in wars,especially those playing in rocket launch sites like the beach container.
        If you want racism,check out the Arab countries where Jews are banned.
        Defending yourself against thousands of rockets and tunnels into your country is not terrorism.

        • investigator

          Obviously true.

      • Jambo25

        You mean the Israeli action after Gazans had fired missiles into Israel and kept on doing it?

      • peter

        You forget, Islam puts Muslims in continual warfare with the Non Muslim world, until “Islam is proclaimed over all religion “which is its ultimate objective. Any ideology that spouts such venom does not deserve to exist on this planet.

      • Infidelissima

        don’t wanna get bombed by Israel?
        Don’t throw rockets at them!

        Sounds kinda simple if you ask me.
        It also shows you how much the poor Palestinians care about their own, knowing they will get bombs in return, yet breaking 12 out of 12 ceasefires.

        • tarek

          it is really sad to see you take advantage of thie horrific attack to promote your country in a very opportunistic way ! the main topic was about Tunisia not your country.

          • Infidelissima

            whats more sad?

            promoting Israel, or shooting, gang-raping, kidnapping, disfiguring with acid, burning alive, blowing up innocent tourists?

            You know what phacking sad Abdul?
            Everytime Israel RETALIATES, you cockroaches invade our european squares with your filthy anitsemitic propaganda, but when your psychotic terrorists blow up people (which happens pretty much everyday), you’re all hiding like the cowardly hypocritical vermin that you are.
            Your people are GASSING other human being, just like the Nazis did, yet apparently that’s less worse than a Hamasnik being shot.

            It’s also sad that you mussies can’t live in peace with anybody, not even other musses. Sad for you, not for me.

          • tarek

            You must be such a despicable person demeaning the others and saying names about other human beings (cockroaches …) and putting all in the same grab. There are extremists on all sides. So stop playing the victim.

          • Copyright101

            To Infidelissima’s people AKA “The Chosen”, the rest of us are just cattle – at best.

          • goodsoldier

            boo hoo

      • Suzy61

        And Gaza?

      • Dogsnob

        You forgot to mention the daily missile attacks launched from Gaza into Israel. Why?

      • St Ignatius

        Non sequitur.

    • Lord of the Manor of Tyburn

      Who are you to lecture us not to go on holiday to countries as diverse as Morocco, India, Dubai or Indonesia? The list of perfectly viable holiday destinations is endless.

      • Infidelissima

        It’s just an opinion, calm down. Who’s stopping you from going?
        It’s just a lot of don’ts, if you ask me, for example:
        Indonesia: don’t stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Jakarta, don’t go anywhere in Bali where tourists go, definitely do not go visiting any churches anywhere around Indonesia on Christmas eve, don’t stay at the JW Marriott Jakarta, don’t visit any embassies, such as the Australian or Philippine one, don’t stay at Jumbaran Beach Resort.

        I have been to Dubai and Morocco myself, I would go back to Morocco (but not now), but not Dubai. I found it to be tacky and grotesque with good restaurants.

        • Purple Commoner

          Just done Petra and returned to your beloved country via numerous checkpoints. How enlightening it is to see you advertising that properly here.

          • Infidelissima

            if my beloved country had peaceful neighbours, and wasn’t attacked since the first days of its’ creation, maybe they would not need checkpoints. Maybe those evil Israelis should just lock up their shelters, dismantle their checkpoints, and let their peaceful neighbours, kill them already, ey? Then they’d be more like Britain, you know, the country that happily sacrificed 10,000’s of their own daughters and does phack all to protect their people…?

            At least mussies kill their own in the greatest numbers: figure rthe religion of peace being incapable of living in peace with anybody, including their own.

          • Purple Commoner

            Maybe they are just overheating?

          • Father Onabit

            What have you ‘done’ to Petra?

          • St Ignatius

            Checkpoints are great when you are surrounded by terrorists. Why would advertising them be a bad thing?

    • Bertie

      Absolutely spot on.

      And Israel deserves all the help it can get given it’s attacked from all sides ,including those self righteous hypocritical limp wristed lefties such as Polly Toynbee.

      All this despite being the only democracy in the Middle East, the only country that gives rights to women rather than demanding they dress themselves in a blanket etc etc

      • politcaltru

        Turkey is in the middle east and is democratic , 3% of its land mass is in Europe,

        • Infidelissima

          and they are the biggest financial supporters of iSIS today, they buy all their oil

          • Lapin

            Why is Israel healing terrorists then? Terrorists who, in no doubt a coincidence (lol) are slaughtering Christians en masse.

            http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Israel-treating-al-Qaida-fighters-wounded-in-Syria-civil-war-393862

          • Bertie

            Al Nusra isn’t in the same league as ISIS, and unlike Turkey giving military aid,allowing ISIS to cross their borders(whilst restricting similar movement of Kurds), Israel is merely giving medical aid(as per Geneva Convention)

            Middle East is a mess – of our/France’s making post WW1 carve up of Ottoman Turkish empire I hasten to add. Forcing people, without considering their ethnic origins,is a recipe for disaster – and what do we have, a disaster.

        • Bertie

          Hmm I guess you’ve not been following the activities of Erdogan recently then and his attempts are boosting presidential powers. Nor the fact that there’s that dubious 10%+ vote threshold the Kurds had to beat to get any representation despite being a significant portion of the country’s population.

          Turkey isnt as democratic as you seem to believe. Israel,however, is the one true democracy based on Western European governance principles.

    • goodsoldier

      You are spot on! Of course you will be despised for saying this truth. It is so unfashionable.

  • Kasperlos

    At first I thought this must be a satirical piece. Not. Shocking. Let it be stated bluntly that no, it is not the patriotic duty of anyone in Britain – save the Tunisians – to be in that country at this time! It is the patriotic duty of Tunisia’s citizens, military and law enforcement to combat the ISIL terror threat within their country, albeit with foreign government assistance as necessary. To recklessly shill, a clarion for consumerism, to call not to arms but money, to jet off on holiday to Tunisia given the relentless, merciless and horrific spate of radical Islamic attacks on Western tourists can only lead one to believe that he’s a misguided adventurer, a paid to print hack, and/or in need of serious counseling. Next he’ll shill to take a budget holiday in Fukushima! It will be indeed budget because a return ticket isn’t required! Finally, Mr. Marozzi would do well to be informed that there are ‘no go’ communities in Britain. Areas in which HM Government has lost or willfully relinquished British law and authority. Places, whilst not Tunisia proper, mimick radical Islamic extremist threats. Places where no right minded person would dare set foot in as a ‘tourist’. And, yes, it would indeed be every Britain’s patriotic duty to stand up against the existential peril to the UK by demanding HM Government represent, well, Britain. This is where patriotism lies first and foremost, on these shores, on these isles, for British traditions, values, for this Western civilisation. A holiday in a cool, overcast, showery Blackpool is far more patriotic and safe than on a sun-soaked N. African beach.

    • Cymrugel

      Don’t worry he has no intention of going.
      Its expendable propels he wants to go.

    • Dogsnob

      Showers in Blackpool we can live with. It’s proximity to certain culturally-enriched communities, maybe warrants a little more concern?

  • Mow_the_Grass

    So let me get this straight.
    Plan is that more beach slaughter fodder must be sent to this country otherwise it will just become another islamist h&llhole.
    The Tunisians are helpless in preventing this type of slaughter of tourists – they’ve had it before at the Bardo museum.
    So it will be those brave Brits in the shorts and sandals who will shown those Jihadists they’re not scared.
    Is this right – am i reading this man correctly.
    Listen fella – you don’t try proving to barbarians who want to die anyhow – that you will just send more defenceless people (brit holidaymakers) to confront them.
    This is crazy.
    Tunisia needs to root out these murderous b…….s – just like al Sisi (who i see you dislike) but who really knows how to identify and then deal with Islamist trash like the MB and their friends in the ME.
    Till Tunisia starts to show that it is cracking down on this threat – please dont send anymore lambs to the slaughter.
    ps – when i read your article i’m remided of that old saying – mad dogs and Englishman go out in the midday sun – this is just a variation of that

    • logdon

      A great response.

  • Sue Smith

    Like Moe would say to Curley, “after you!”.

  • SaveTheWorld

    When it becomes a secular country and they have deleted the Islamist garbage I will be happy to return. Until then the only civilized vacation spot in the Middle East is Israel.

    • milford

      If only it weren’t so ugly.

      • Infidelissima

        Israel’s arse is prettier than your wife’s face!

        • milford

          Yes, the way they’ve built factories around the coast of the Dead Sea spewing out chemicals so that they can capitalise on the Dead Sea Mineral market is stunningly ugly. The grubby facility where you’re ‘processed’ ( all clothes go in a locker,you put a gown on & given an arm-band key ring) was, to put it mildly, a huge disappointment. You’re then solemnly herded onto a little train to the Sea, even though you could walk it in a few minutes. It was like a replication of a concentration camp experience in peace-time. And there was me expecting to be lying by the sea on a sunbed with palm trees swaying in the breeze and waiters bringing me drinks.
          The food in Israel is the worst I have EVER eaten and everywhere seems grubby.

          • Infidelissima

            Rapey Britain is great! Especially such diverse places as Bradford, Rotherham or Tower Hamlets. You must be so proud that your country now exports some of the worst terrorists known to man, raised on british benefits, if only Israelis sacrificed their daughters this way too, then you’d have the moral high ground…..

          • milford

            Israel does sacrifice it’s daughters by forcing them to be soldiers. They were brought up on Kibbutz and they wear helmets not headscarves but apart from a few details there’s not much difference. They kill people. From where I’m looking you’re all foreigners causing a great deal of trouble and if you sort out your differences the world would be a safer place. It takes two to tango and Israel is doing it’s part in spades. As we all know.

          • Infidelissima

            SOLDIERS ARE SOLDIERS and Israel does not sacrifice their daughters, you imbecile, when was the last time a female IDF soldier was killed? Israel is THE ONLY COUNTRY ON EARTH, that spends billions on the ‘iron Dome’, which serves to protect people – All Israeli people!

            while Israeli girls serve their country with pride, your women raise beheaders, and pedophiles, who force kids to dig tunnels and to blow themselves up inside churches.

            And At least Israeli soldiers are actually good at what they do: please remember how many times Israel has been attacked, and how many times she has been defeated.
            While you’re doing that, also remember who won the last crusades, Abdul.

          • milford

            If you weren’t so aggressive you wouldn’t need an iron dome. The fact that not many IDF girls get killed does not mean you don’t put them in the line of fire because you do. And you’re proud of it.
            That is, in my book, reprehensible.

          • Infidelissima

            Hahaha, WE’RE the aggressive ones?

            If we’re so aggressive, how come you keep poking the bear, only to then run off and cry when you get your smelly ar$es kicked? sounds pretty bloody stupid.

            What would you call the ones who keep attacking a nation stronger than them, for 70 years, knowing, they will never win? No wonder Allah hates you: you’re so useless, 500 Million Arabs can not even defeat 7 Million Israelis.

            Insanity is doing the same thing over and again, expecting a different result. A zionist said this. Like most things zionist say, he was right.

            p.s: the only book you troglodytes have, was written by a pedophile, and it includes instruction on wiping your ar$es with your bare hands and how to rape children – some book LOL

          • Omallet

            So hypothetically would you be better off being a law abiding Muslim or Christian in Israel or a Jew or Christian living in a Islamic country particularly in the Middle East and Indian Sub-continent

          • milford

            It’s not much of a choice but out of the above I would prefer to be a Jew living in the Indian sub-continent.

          • Omallet

            Then you are in blissful ignorance and it’s not my wish to burst that bubble

          • Omallet

            I should have been clearer on the geography too but I was rather hoping given the context you would use your nous

          • Ivan Ewan

            280 million killed for Islam and that makes Jews the bad guys apparently.

        • Jackthesmilingblack

          I can’t help feeling this loses something in the translation.

    • Bonkim

      Of course Settler-Home Bed and Breakfast in the Occupied Land would be an ideal home away from home. Armed Kibutzim always on hand to deal with troublesome natives.

      • blandings

        Occupied?
        Jews and Christians were there long before the followers of Mohammed.

        • Tiger

          These are not Jews / Semites.

          These are immigrant settlers from CentralAsia – Khazars. Usurpers.

          Stealers of Land. Dispossesors.
          Effectively – Thieves ..Carpet Baggers.

          Ask Rothschilds…

          The ULTIMATE Khazars !
          Who organised all this land grab!!

          Crooks. Fixers. Bankers.
          Murderous Criminals.

          That’s the REAL TRUTH

          • blandings

            Fascist drivel

          • Tiger

            Labels & epithets – can’t Hide the Truth, my friend.

            That’s the Plain, Unvarnished, Historical TRUTH.

            Get REAL…

          • blandings

            Foaming at the mouth eh?.
            My father, who fought on the allied side during the Second World War, once assured me that we didn’t get all the b@stards. I laughed, but he was right.

          • Tiger

            You’re the one that is spewing hatred & vicious diatribe.

            Unwilling to recognise the past history. Ignorant.

            Esp of Fascism. As espoused by the “democratic” (Fascist) empire of USA.

            Do you even know the definition of the Fascism that you so glibly talk about & claim to revile..?

            To take Mussolini’s definition of Fascism – it is the fusion/ merger of Corporate Interests & the State. THAT is Fascism !!

            By ANY definition – the USA & its control & ear agendas – by the Military – Industrial complex – in bed with MNC Corporatist & Globalist Capitalistic Suppressors of people’s movements & genuine democracy worldwide – that US Administration & its Allies in the West – is the real Fascist Empire.

            The US & allies your father fought for is Long DEAD !

            Taking refuge under past times – 70 years ago – shows your threadbare arguments, my friend.

            Go back to school – & re- learn your history. Reinterpret it – if you are capable of discernment.

          • blandings

            My father may be dead but he was right in what he said.
            Crawl back under your stone and sniff your jackboots.

          • Tiger

            You’re a dope.

            No doubt about it.

            “Daddy said…”
            “Daddy said..”

            Go running home to Mommy & Daddy……

            When you have grown up, thought about life, and have a mature opinion – Your OWN Opinion – then a& THEN ONLY – it seems would a discussion be possible..or merited.

            Grow up Kid..!

            Stop Ranting & drivelling…

          • Dogsnob

            Tell us more please, of history. Tell us of the Caliphates – how they were established and expanded into neighbouring lands.

          • Omallet

            He was quite right of course many Muslims in the Waffen SS escaped punishment after the war

          • Dogsnob

            Yeah and 9/11 was an inside job innit?

        • Bonkim

          Jews are an ethnic group whilst Christians and Muslims are multi-ethnic groups that converted to these religions – The Palestinians (Philistines) were native to Biblical Palestine as also the Jewish ethnic groups – the point is later migrations and setting up an exclusive homelands for the Jews that were persecuted in Christian Europe culminating in the Holocaust.

          No ethnic or religious group have an automatic right to territory and history was constructed by migrations, wars, conquests and revolutions.

          I have no problem with say the present day Israelis saying – well they took the land because they were strong and united and the Palestinians weak and poorly organized. Also the British who were in charge at the time allowed the migrating Jews to make a foot-hold and given their recent history of persecution/genocide world sympathy rested with the Jews. The Security Council permanent members were also collectively complicit in displacing the Palestinians – and they were looked on as an illiterate medieval rabble – which they still are.

          Survival of the fittest I suppose. But then don’t bring morality and any legal rights into the discussion. The Israelis just occupied the land in 1947 and since then have been gradually grabbing more displacing the hapless Palestinians to make room for new settlements.

          I don’t particularly like the UN but won’t be surprised if one of these days the Israelis get their just deserts.
          .

          • blandings

            “I don’t particularly like the UN but won’t be surprised if one of these days the Israelis get their just deserts.”

            And what might their just deserts be Bonkim?
            Sorry but I have heard this all before and I am sick to be the back teeth of nasty little anti-semites trying to justify their bigotry.

          • Bonkim

            What an idiot! I don’t dislike Jews as a people – high achievers, feature high in the sciences, arts and human development.

            That does not mean you should condone all the evil acts the Israeli Right-wingers commit – and Jews should be sensitive to racial and sectarian oppression of all people given their history as wandering and persecuted minority over two Millennia in Christian lands when Islamic lands gave them safety and security.

            I have no time for any religion or ethnics glorifying themselves or their particular group/history – rational discussion should exclude bigotry such as that spewing out from the likes of you.

          • Zhang Wei

            A clue to the overall mindset of the Israeli people can be found by the racism directed at immigrant Ethiopian Jews.

          • blandings

            I bet they don’t throw them off buildings

          • Omallet

            What the people that almost entirely en masse Israel airlifted so they wouldn’t starve from Ethiopia – compared to say Islamists that fire rockets from the schools of their own religion, encourage mentally ill to wear bombs, kill other muslims for being a slightly different muslim or muslims that consider Palestinians Pakistanis etc as mere serfs to work in their mansions

          • Zhang Wei

            Common sense as always Sir/Madam I always enjoy reading your comments objective and accurate.

          • Bonkim

            孔子说,谢谢您。

      • Infidelissima

        mussies stole 58 countries, from Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus – or do you ignorant cretin think that all your mussie sh!!holes used to be free of inhabitants?

        yeah, palis love Israel so much, they
        launch rockets at it. Give them Israel and in 5 minutes it’ll be yet another cesspit, like all you other countries.

        • Bonkim

          What goes up comes down – you must be one of these low intellect dumbos. Go back where you came from.

          • Infidelissima

            Actually I mustn’t.

            I wish mussies would go back where they cam from. Without me, nothing in the UK would change, without them, rape would suddenly decline dramatically.

          • Bonkim

            I suppose you can say the same about Christians, Jews and all other religions.

          • Dogsnob

            What goes up comes down. Does this apply to the Ummah?

          • Bonkim

            What is Ummah?

          • Dogsnob

            Yeah, right.

  • Coastliner

    I wouldn’t ever have gone there even before the latest act of Islamist barbarism. Anyone who even considers going to one of these places needs their head examined. I don’t care how many wonderful beaches or historic sites there are. No way would I put money into the hands and pockets of the duplicitous adherents of a “religion” that will smile at you when taking your money but despise you and your whole way of life at the same time. As others have already said here, the only Middle Eastern country worth visiting is Israel. Now they really DO deserve support through tourism.

    • milford

      It’s absolutely vile there though.

      • wudyermucuss

        Tourism in Israel is one of Israel’s major sources of income, with a record 3.54 million tourist arrivals in 2013.

        • Shazza

          Fantastic country – an island of civilisation in a sea of ignorance and hate.

          • Palmer

            I couldn’t agree more. A magnificent success story. Israel really is a wonderful place to visit or live. Haifa being one of our favourite places to be in.

      • Jambo25

        I found Israel to be a breath of fresh air after Egypt. A filthy hell hole with clearly very large numbers of unfriendly people. Jordan is very different to Egypt and is certainly very worth visiting. The people are friendly and helpful. The place rather well run and it does need tourist money. There is a security problem there as well however. There is everywhere in the Mid East and North Africa.

        • PetaJ

          Never been to Israel, agree with you about Jordan but disagree about Egypt. That was not my experience of three years ago – quite the reverse except for the pestiferous street/souk-sellers!

          • Jambo25

            I was there about 2 years ago. The streets were filthy and the towns and cities run down in the extreme. Goats were grazing off huge mounds of rotting garbage in the centre of Cairo. Buildings were falling to bits. Not only was the water unsafe to drink but bottled water was as well as shops were simply filling empty spa bottles from the public, undrinkable, supply. Some of the bottled beer was unsafe to drink as well, apparently. Even in the most up-market hotels we were advised to use anti-bacterial gel on our hands as we were liable to get infections from the water we washed our hands with.
            Security was going downhill as well. I was due to visit St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai but that was cancelled due to the area becoming a free fire zone. There were worries over Sharm el Sheikh as well.

          • PetaJ

            Cairo is complete chaos I agree, it is also the most densely populated city in Africa! The museum was great tough and not crowded as we got there about 10am. Also went to the Coptic part of the city where there was no-one and it was very clean and tidy. Would have loved to go to St Catherine’s which was still open when we were there but didn’t have enough time 🙁

          • Jambo25

            One of my closer pals is married into an Egyptian Christian family and I’ve met a couple of other Egyptian Christians. All of them and their families are now out of Egypt or have travel/residency papers which mean they have boltholes to go to at short notice. What the poorer Christians do is anybody’s guess.
            Luxor is certainly worth visiting. Karnak at sunset is one of the world’s greatest sights and The Valley of the Kings is superb.
            I do hope, however, that somewhere in back rooms of NATO or the EU that there are planning groups working out what the hell Europe does when Egypt goes t.ts up in a civil war or something similar. It’ll make the present migrant crisis look like children’s hour. I would hope that we would have refugee acceptance policies which would allow us to take Egypt’s Christians to Europe and a few other places where they will be safe.

          • PetaJ

            Sadly I wouldn’t bet on Europe sheltering Egypt’s Christians although they certainly should. More like take anyone but as it is more PC. There will be a heavy price to pay for western Christians and deservedly so. Those who forget history, their roots etc etc.

          • Jambo25

            PetaJ. I have to say that I tend to agree with your downbeat assessment. I suspect that the coming Egyptian collapse will see the same Euro paralysis we have come to expect in virtually all crises.

          • Cymrugel

            They will leave the Copts to be slaughtered while stupidly accepting any number of muslim barbarians.

          • PetaJ

            You may well be right but, as I said, Christianity and the West will pay a terrible price if they do.

        • Lapin

          Israel very sensibly does its best to keep Muslims out. So why does it deny the same opportunity to Europeans? Look up Moshe Kantor, head of European Council of Jews and see he has “hate speech” plans for Europe that mullahs could only dream of.

          It was Lord Janner who was responsible for the Holocaust being compulsory in schools, no word on when the many (Jewish-led) communist holocausts will be taught. Or that the Israeli ambassador to Ukraine warned them off talking about their very own holocaust of 4-10 million because to do so “might stole anti-Semitism”. What about the anti-Whitism stoked by the likes of the (Jewish) SPLC or (Jewish) Tell MAMA. Bet you didn’t know the latter was Jewish. Would it help if I told you staunch Israel advocate Janner rallied his Muslim constituents against whites? How about if I told you Israel sterilized blacks and sends refugees to Sweden because it doesn’t want to “dilute the Jewish character”

          Yet if we want to try the same with dangerous Muslims, organised Jewry cries “oy vey, it’s another shoah”

          • Jambo25

            I think you have ‘issues’. I also know very well the prominent part played by Soviet Jews as Chekists in the 20s and 30s. I also know that large numbers of Soviet Jews were arrested, imprisoned and murdered throughout the Stalinist period. I also know that the greatest novel of the Soviet Famine/Holodomor (Everything Flows) was written by a Russian Jew, Vasily Grossman. Quite possibly the greatest Russian writer of the 20th century.

      • Mow_the_Grass

        Bet you’ve never been there sweetheart.

        • milford

          I can assure you I have.

          • Mow_the_Grass

            In some respects i agree with you.
            The area is industrialised by large mineral extracting company.
            i’m personally not keen on the place but many people who suffer from skin ailments ie psoarsis find much relief in the combination of salt and then mud.
            But please – Israel is many other wonderful and marvelous places too numerous to mention here.
            You surely can’t base your whole perception of a country on what amounts to a mineral bath.
            Your original comment shows stands and shows bias – which of course many of us are aware of.

          • milford

            To be fair I can understand why the staff were so miserable. It can’t be nice working in a salty oasis in the desert. And maybe the medicinal qualities of the mud explains why it was more like a hospital than a resort. But if Israel wants tourism they need to lighten up, a lot.

        • Lapin

          Can you please get the message to organised Jewry to have as strict border controls as Israel in Europe, paying Arabs to leave and sterilising blacks as they do? Apparently they plan to start doing DNA tests to check whether potential immigrants are really Jewish. Can we in Europe so that too? We would really appreciate it, along with placing organised Jewry in a special state with the border controls that they have advocated for Europe and the USA.

        • Copyright101

          Blimey! They’ve released The Gimp from the Telegraph.

      • Infidelissima

        it’s actually lovely here

        • milford

          I suppose it’s a matter of taste….I definitely wouldn’t consider going there again though, the food is abysmal.

          • Infidelissima

            it’s ARABIC FOOD, you cretin!

            (I sense another inbred Abdul, with the IQ of an amoeba)

          • milford

            So you’re in their country, eating their food. Couldn’t you have made friends with them? You could’ve had a biddable, cheap workforce to service your tourist industry, you half-wits.
            Instead you’ve made enemies of them and have to use those you see as inferior in your own racist social set-up, like Falashas, to service your tourists.
            They in turn resent every move they have to make for a tourist, and it shows. Talk about spreading negativity. It could’ve all been so nice.
            In the process you’ve caused WW3 in all but name. Well done.
            Thick, bloody-minded, or both, I’m not sure.

          • Infidelissima

            ‘eating their food’

            i did not know that you mussies have a right on hummus! Maybe mussies should stop serving italian, asian and other foods in their countries, ey Abdul?
            It’s you mussies who steal everything: you stole 58 countries, invaded and forced your vile religion onto the people (many muslim countries used to be 100% Christian), you contribute NOTHING to humanity, 1.6 billion parasites who have to buy everything from those who are smarter and less lazy. 1.6 billion mussies have a grand total of 7 Nobel prizes, and 20 Million Jews have over 130, just under 25% of all Nobel Prizes ever awarded. Do you know what it takes to be this useless?

            Mussies don’t produce, they don’t innovate, don’t create, they don’t invent, they don’t develop. They only steal and buy and the only thing that anybody ever wanted from them, is going to finish soon, then it’s back to your caves reading your pedophile bible.

            The only thing you mussies are amazing at, is killing each other! So don’t stop please.
            LONG LIVE ISRAEL and thanks for using the zionist computer and internet, you inbred troglodyte. I hope all the proceeds go to the IDF.

          • milford

            You told me you were eating Arab food. An Englishman invented the internet (of course), and in a truly altruistic gesture he gave it to the world. A lot of people wouldn’t have. There’s no point railing your racist comments at me you idiot, I’m British. Now do one.

          • Infidelissima

            Who the phack are you to tell anybody what they can and can not eat? What’s next? You’re gonna tell Jews where they’re allowed to live or that they should wear a yellow star to be easier identifiable?

            LOOOL, go phack yourself with a cactus Abdul

            Allah: on the side of Israel in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, first intifada, second intifada, Lebanon 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014!

            Mussies: too dumb to realise Allah hates you.

          • milford

            I should’ve known your an Israeli government troll. Crazy posts.
            Not an ounce of sense just war cries.

          • Infidelissima

            yeah yeah, I’m an ‘Israeli government troll’ sure Abdul.

            So who are the Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians and Hindus who all hate you mussie scum, then? Also ‘Israeli government trolls’?

            what about China and Russia? They hate mussies, and keep them in their place, rightly so, are they also ‘Israelis government trolls’? How about the Japanese, who put a ban on most of Islam?

            Hey, maybe Allah is an ‘Israeli government troll’ too, since you useless parasites have never won a war against Israel, even when you attacked it from all sides with 5 armies, all at once….

            what were you saying about ‘sense’? Hey, is it ‘sensible’ to keep attacking a country, stronger than you, who happens to have the most advanced weapons and military technology on the planet? Maybe it is in the minds of sociopathic insane trolgodytes…

            Hehehe, keep going, this is fun.

          • ItwasBlairwotdunnit

            Can’t wait until the oil runs out. It’ll be payback time.

        • Lapin

          Can you please get the message to organised Jewry to have as strict border controls as Israel in Europe, paying Arabs to leave and sterilising blacks as they do? Apparently they plan to start doing DNA tests to check whether potential immigrants are really Jewish. Can we in Europe so that too? We would really appreciate it, along with placing organised Jewry in a special state with the border controls that they have advocated for Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

          • Infidelissima

            oh, a visitor of the Antisemitic-propganada-for-imbeciles.com websites, ey? You know, people who believe everything they read on the internet, should be banned from it for reasons of stupidity.

    • Shazza

      I now make sure that whenever I purchase anything, be it fruit, vegetable, clothing whatever, that I boycott anything that comes from a country that practises a very peaceful ideology. I particularly look for and enjoy buying produce from the only democratic, brave country in the ME which is surrounded by hostile territory – the only country in the ME which has turned the desert into a fertile success. Hint. Fabulous oranges and Nobel Prize winning scientists flourish here.

      Sadly, I have to break my boycott when it comes to my car.

      • Johnny Foreigner

        What, you got a camel?

    • Isaiah 2:4

      Greece is amongst the top 15 global destinations. How is financial terrorism not an issue for them?

    • Tiger

      Remember the native North American tribes – who thru deep experience said –

      ” White man speaks with formed tongue”..

      That holds true still of the White ruling administrations & ruling Elites.

      Bunch of snales , deadly scorpions & venomous spiders !!

      • Dogsnob

        Is the White man’s tongue perfectly formed?

    • Zanderz

      I went to Tunisia on my honeymoon. Apart from the standard ‘euro generic’ hotel resorts around the coast the country is mainly desert. There are a few archaeological sites, but nah. Also, the water’s full of stinging jelly fish so it feels like you’re swimming through nettles. 2/10

      • Mouath Tamallah

        Tunisia has 1700km of shores and you went only to those with jelly fish, haha what a pity, don’t blame our splendid seas, blame your stupid head.

    • Khalid Jalal

      Israel is the country which killed Palestinian children on the beaches of Gaza. Supporting Israel and Israeli goods is supporting an illegal occupation. Supporting Israel is supporting a country which has absolutely no regard for International law or Human life and is occupying other people’s land.

      Gaza is occupied from land air and Sea and gazan’s are strangled by “The only democracy in the ME”

      West Bank is occupied with 100s of check points and the life of Palestinian people is controlled by Shabak and your Army.

      Amnesty International, Human rights commission, United Nations, British red cross, Your Human rights Organisation Beit Salam etc have all documented your crimes and the world knows about it, therefore, most sane and moral people in this world support Palestinains and their right of independence. The boycott movement is working, its hurting Israel where it hurts the most. Palestinians will be free, whether you like it or not.

      • Ivan Ewan

        Your father must be the father of all lies. When you lie like that, you’re speaking your native language.

      • Coastliner

        Thank you for your reply.
        “Palestinians will be free, whether you like it or not.”
        I couldn’t give a flying f**k what happens to ‘Palestinians’ or any single one of the followers of your so called ‘religion’.

      • St Ignatius

        If you applied this logic every nation would have a legitimate grievance, for at some point all nations were at war, invaded and treated poorly (or “illegally” in your language, whatever that means). The fact is, if the Arab states keep ganging up on Israel, going to war and keep on losing that’s a bit foolish. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but that’s the world as it is.

    • St Ignatius

      Agreed and in fact I was about to post the same thing. If you want to support democracy visit Israel. It would be interesting to see any of the Lefties who exalt the Palestinian cause holiday in Gaza.

  • Ronovitch

    Note how the usual Israeli propagandists are appearing on this thread to suggest a country which regularly murders thousands of its neighbours (including little boys playing football on a beach) and which is full of paranoid racists armed to the teeth is a ‘safer’ place for a holiday than Tunisia. Lol.

    • Coastliner

      Double yawn.

    • freddiethegreat

      Yes, and they launch missiles at their neighbours from UN schools and hospitals!

    • anotherjoeblogs

      I think I prefer Yehudi Menuhin playing The Flight Of The Bumble Bee to some idiot playing the plight of the palestinians on the world’s tiniest violin.

    • blandings

      But Ronovitch those “murdered thousands” go straight to paradise where they spend all eternity playing with their virgins. Cooky religion but they seem happy with it.

    • wudyermucuss

      The boys were killed in a container used for rocket launch.
      You are the propagandist.

    • Mow_the_Grass

      Why is it that muslims pretending to be westerners pick russian/polish sounding names.
      Suppose it sounds more authentic than jones or smith

    • Infidelissima

      if only those racist Israelis, were as tolerant and kind towards strangers, minorities and their own, like you cuddly mussies, ey?

      hehehe, I like it when you troglodytes foam at your mouth over Israel’s superiority. Please don’t stop killing one another, it’s literally the only thing you mussies are good at doing.

    • Mark

      Where are the Tunisian Jews? That’s right, Israel.

      Made unwelcome by their Muslim former compatriots.

  • Precambrian

    Darwin Award holiday advice…

  • John Luke

    Go flush your head down the toilet….2 terrorist attacks in as many weeks….it’s as safe as visiting Afghanistan or Iraq…..What idiot came up this this little gem of wisdom…. the guy that wrote this drivel is obviously getting a nice fat back hander from the Tunisian Government or is off his head on smack….!

  • freddiethegreat

    There’s always Cape Town.

  • Bonkim

    Don’t waste money and scarce fossil fuels. Don’t ruin the earth.

    • freddiethegreat

      Scarce fossil fuels?

      • Bonkim

        Fast-depleting and getting scarce.

        • freddiethegreat

          Oil – continuously produced as we now know, and the Israelis have produced it from Sewage.

          • Bonkim

            I must bow to your superior knowledge on energy matters. Which University did you get your energy studies Doctorate from? And Do Israelis have lakes of sewage sludge to produce oil and become self-sufficient? Great, let us all emigrate to Israel.

          • Mary Ann

            Gee Wizz

        • Patrick Roy

          Um, Bonkim FYI there is an energy GLUT. There’s a really good web site called google.com…. do some research.

          • Bonkim

            Hello Patrick, as an energy and power consultant I like to learn something new every day. But prefer to do my own research and analysis. This is not a forum to discuss serious matters.

          • Patrick Roy

            What a load of bunkim. A big bears laugh to you and your serious matters. F/off.

          • Bonkim

            Enjoy your laughter while it lasts – best to go laughing serious thinking is harmful – will strain your brain – take it easy.

    • Aporia

      I smile at the thought of thousands of budget airline flights leaving daily skidmarks all over Gaia’s beautiful face.

      • Bonkim

        Tiny grains of sand grow into mountains though.

  • Cosmo

    All those armed guards, what could possibly go wrong? Personally, in the current climate, I wouldn’t go near any Muslim country.

    • wudyermucuss

      Like Bradford,Birmingham,Whitechapel……….

  • post_x_it

    Off you go then, mate.

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  • Cymrugel

    Words fail me

    Thirty odd people have just been gunned down on a beach and you are encouraging people to go on holiday there.

    Are you completely stupid?

    But then given the social profile of the writers on the speccy I suspect you will not be first in the queue; cheap beach holiday not really your style I’ll wager.

    No. Let the proles go – show a bit of British pluck and how we can’t be beaten. After all if some of them get killed – well, it’s not like they are real people eh?

    Prick.

  • Jambo25

    I’m off to Bavaria and the Tirol in a week or so’s time. No Islamist nutters there so far.

  • Dan O’Connor

    A textbook example of White pathological altruism and Liberal knee jerk manic xenophilia.
    Prioritisation of concern for the ” other ” at every avalilable opportunity .
    Meanwhile the de-Europeanisation, re-tribalism and balkanisation of the West continues at an ever increasing rate.
    How about cleaning up our own no-go zones instead of importing Tunisia X 50 into our own homelands ?

  • jim

    This is a joke,right? I don’t trust the moslems in this country,never mind the ones over there.This is more liberal propaganda.The author thinks we’re too stupid to realize that young Tunisians have been leaving in huge numbers to fight in Syria.

  • MacGuffin

    There is no way a responsible commentator should be telling people to become slow-moving, highly-visible targets for extremists in a muslim country. For shame.

  • goneunderground

    ‘Patriotic duty’ eh?! This is a notion fast being consigned to history. Successive governments have shredded any sense of pride in many of our institutions and I certainly won’t be sticking my neck out for any of them.

  • justejudexultionis

    I recommend Iceland as a safe, non-Islamic vacation destination.

  • panochey

    Justin Marozzi, the author of this well-intentioned article, is just one of many “mis-understanders” of Islam and a poster child for why the west is having such trouble with Islam.
    So allow me to set him, (and all the other “mis-understanders”), straight, as it were.
    ISIS/ISIL/IS/Al-Qaida are not the “bad Muslims” as interpreted by the Qur’an. In fact, if Mohammad, the founder of Islam were alive today he would be at their head, encouraging them to continue their slaughters. By the way, going to Tunisia in spite of the attacks does nothing to “deter” Islamists. ALL of Tunisia is Islamist. “Good Muslims” hack, slay, raped, pillage, sack, destroy and murder, the “bad Muslims” are peaceful to infidels. Vacationing in Tunisia isn’t ever going to change those facts.
    See “prophet of doom”, (google it).

  • davidofkent

    An alternative view might be that when these countries that exist on cheap tourism no longer have any tourists, they might consider being a little more active in dealing with potential terrorism. I will be happy to holiday in countries like Tunisia, Qatar, Egypt etc when I read that they are sending their own troops to Iraq and Syria to deal with the menace of the Daesh.

    • cartimandua

      Apparently they had armed police on or near the beach in question and they hid.

  • If I had to pick any Islamic country to vacation in, it would be Egypt then Jordan then Turkey.

  • I guess what Justin is trying to say here that if the Western world will leave countries like Tunisia, it will fall into terrorists’ hands. Although it sounds highly controversial, in long-term perspective, there won’t be any safe place in Mediterranean because the terrorists will claim one country after another. So, as Justin sees it, there won’t be any safe place to have your holiday. It is something to think about.

  • Jules Wright

    But political times change Justin – and the threats too. Boycott these places; economic pressure works wonders on defining governmental priorities. This is their issue – theologically, culturally, morally, ethically. They are either part of the solution – or part of the problem. I’d no more holiday in – or visit – a muslim state now (and ‘now’ is the key word) than I would voluntarily play Russian roulette.

  • Jack Rocks

    “you’re more likely to be killed in a traffic accident in Britain than by a terrorist in North Africa”

    The chances of me being killed by a terrorist in North Africa are precisely zero because I’m not going on holiday there.

  • cartimandua

    Tunisia was doing relatively well about womens rights. It matters because the worse the situation is for women the more dangerous a place is.
    Tunisia has gone backwards with an Islamist government.
    But as a redhead very hot countries are never on my to do list anyway.
    Quite like the Caribbean but have to hide in the shade.
    Why not holiday in the UK and help our economy.

  • Mark

    Naive and insensitive given that the bodies of 30 of our compatriots have yet to have their funerals.

    Yes we can continue to try to keep the liberal fiction going that we now live in a brave new world of no borders and international travel regardless of culture or threat, we can travel to places where tourists are targeted in order to show we won’t be defeated and its business as usual, we can keep the international tourist trades all important revenue streams going.

    Or, we can accept the reality, that we, our way of life and what we represent are no longer welcome in parts of the world.
    If it’s about “patriotic duty” then we should be spending our money at home or in places where we are welcome and where we are safe from enemy action.

    The holding of territory in the new world of trade and travel is not the job of unarmed tourists in sunscreen and swimsuits it is the responsibility of governments and armies.

    If Tunisia is important to us then secure it, if not, contain it.
    Currently Tunisia is neither secured, nor contained, with reports of 3,000 of its people in IS.

    This is not a game, not a time to laugh at anyone in Hammamet.

    • Mary Ann

      With a population of 11 million that is 1 in 3,666, he is right though, the tourist trade collapses and there will be a lot of young men out of work, ready recruits.

      • Mark

        As I said, the task of securing or containing territory is that of armed forces not tourists.

        This excuse making for terrorists, along the lines that if they can’t get jobs they’ll join IS with the implication that it will be our fault for not providing them with tourist employment must stop.

        Unemployed Europeans are not flocking to join IS, and before any one tries to correct that I emphasise the word Europeans.

    • Patrick Roy

      Well put Mark.

  • Mc

    Some people value their lives more than making vacuous gestures.

  • ashleyhk

    I first went to Tunisia in the 1970’s and loved the place.
    A visit now – after you.

  • Singularis

    My abiding memory as a 14 year old boy was being approached on a Tunisian beach outside our hotel at night by a young man asking for sex, which certainly left an impression. Thinking back, I realise how dangerous the situation was and how lucky I am that the hotel security guards stopped his attempt to lead me away.
    Perhaps in one way or another it has always been dangerous, we are often guilty in the West of going abroad and assuming it is like home but with better weather – it really isnt. 20 years on from my last visit I am no more inclined to go back than I was back then.

  • edlancey

    “you’re more likely to be killed in a traffic accident in Britain than by a terrorist in North Africa.”

    I really do wish this moronic, meaningless, one-size-fits-all trope could be consigned to the book of cliches, where it belongs.

  • TNT

    No, no, no, no, no.

    These people met a terrible, premature death.

    But I’m under no illusions about them.

    Knowing that other westerners had been massacred in Tunisia, they shrugged their collective shoulders and said, “Them’s the breaks, kid. I need my cheap holiday.”

    The outcome of that blithe heartlessness was marked by a pointless minute of silence today.

    Never buy into evil. Don’t support somebody else’s suffering with your money. Don’t feed Islam.

  • Dan O’Connor

    edit

  • davidshort10

    Tunisia is a cheap holiday destination. I think the writer is wrong to imagine that very many of them go for cultural reasons. They go for very cheap all-inclusive holidays. The hotel staff get a raw deal as tourists on all-inclusive deals tend never to leave tips. It’s too early to say whether the tourism industry there will recover but for sure hotels now are very cheap. Tourists were put off by the revolution (which by the way occurred in winter not spring) even though almost no tourists were harmed (some innocent Germans who’d been hunting were beaten up for having rifles in the back of their car) and then by Bardo and now by this. As for the boozing the writer talks about, you cannot do it outside in the sun except in the all-inclusive resorts. And over recent years, Ramadan has occurred in the summer so lots of places are closed during the day.

  • Suzy61

    Mr Marozzi,

    Not so long ago you wrote a piece here in the Spectator, extolling the virtues of mass, uncontrolled, unlimited immigration to Britain via the death boats of the Med.

    At least some of those that you implored us to take in will be the very ‘lobotomised self-detonators’ you now mention.

    How selfish of us to reject the disenfranchised young men, fertile recruits for homoerotic, narcissistic death cults…who wish to destroy us in our homeland.

    Not enough that they wish to kill us here, you now demand that we travel to a country in which it will be far easier for them to slaughter us, as just happened.

  • Rodney H Vincent

    Yes, you go Justin and send us a card to let us know how you got on.

  • Patrick Roy

    No thanks.

  • Johnny Foreigner

    Do we get a choice now, can I be riddled by an AK47 or beheaded. We need to know these things in advance, so that we can pack the right things to wear. I’d go for the beheading, that way I’ve no need to pack any sun hats.
    If we book a five star hotel, will we allocated our own cage and then submerged into the guest pool?

  • Tony

    I suggest that you go first and then write a follow up article with lots of lovely pictures from your trip.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Strange thing about Tunisia, no alcoholic beverage but the shops are well stocked with soda water, tonic water, bitter lemon …
    Yes, I’ve been there, too. So guaranteed no recommendations; Brits hate to be upstaged.
    Jack, the Japan Alps Brit
    And now a word from Jock McNutter, the resident cyber stalker.

    • Obviously as a couple of cells inside his father’s hairy, manly dangling bits.

  • bill dee

    No chance.

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  • vieuxceps2

    I’m not a defeatist, but a holiday in Tunisia? I think not

  • Palmer

    I was in Tunis on business some few years ago. The airport was grim and the city grimmer. I arrived on the first flight from Paris and returned on the last. For my sins I’m now doing business whereby I have to go either through Tunis airport or through Cairo airport. Thankfully I don’t have to leave the airport.
    Why should we support the Tunisians? Their idleness enabled a lunatic to massacre scores of defenceless, helpless tourists taking a sunshine holiday. The sooner any idea that we owe the Tunisians anything is scotched the better.

  • Trinitarian

    Tunisia is the only place I would never go back to. Even without this. Horrible, ugly, culturally bereft place full of aggressive, sneery, grabby men. No charm whatsoever. Felt distinctly unsafe. Got turned away from the mosque on account of being the wrong sex.

  • blandings

    “The worst possible response to these horrible killings would be to abandon the country to the Islamists”

    If I am allowed to go armed then maybe, but if you expect me to confront a gunmen equipped with nothing more lethal than my speedos then you are crazy.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      Tunisian tourist industry: RIP

      • blandings

        Speedos for hire, that’s what they call me.
        Mr Bond- eat your pants.

        • Jackthesmilingblack

          “Speedos for hire, that’s what they call me.”
          Why?

          • blandings

            Cos I sport them so well?

          • Stop tagging other people with your random comments. You are not British. You are a foreign wind-up merchant, and nothing more.

  • What we all need, and soon will get, is a permanent vacation from the hilariously funny fake War on Terror…

    The following is a discovery I made in May regarding the fake collapse of the USSR, and what that fraudulent collapse proves about the institutions of the West…

    When Soviet citizens were liberated from up to 74 years of horrific Marxist oppression on December 26, 1991 there were ZERO celebrations throughout the USSR, proving (1) the “collapse” of the USSR was a strategic ruse; and (2) the political parties of the West were already co-opted by Marxists,* otherwise the USSR (and East Bloc nations) couldn’t have gotten away with the ruse.

    ZERO celebrations, as the The Atlantic article inadvertently informs us…

    http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/12/20-years-since-the-fall-of-the-soviet-union/100214/

    In fact, there were ZERO celebrations throughout the “former” East Bloc nations too upon liberation from Marxist rule,** where in East Germany the only celebration was in West Berlin, no doubt because 350,000 Soviet soldiers occupied Eastern Germany until August 1994! How can there be free elections in Eastern Germany with a Soviet occupation force there?

    For more on this discovery see my blog…

    https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/

    Conclusion:

    The West will form new political parties where candidates are vetted for Marxist ideology, the use of the polygraph to be an important tool for such vetting. Then the West can finally liberate the globe of vanguard Communism.

    ————————-

    * The failed socialist inspired and controlled pan-European revolutions that swept the continent in 1848(1) thought Marxists and socialists a powerful lesson, that lesson being they couldn’t win overtly,(2) so they adopted the tactic of infiltration of the West’s political parties/institutions. In the case of the United States…(continue reading at DNotice)…

    https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/now-you-see-me-now-you-don-t

    Now you know why not one political party in the West requested verification of the collapse of the USSR, and the media failed to alert your attention to this fact, including the “alternative” media. When determining whether the “former” USSR is complying with arms control treaties, what does the United States do to confirm compliance? Right, the United States sends into the “former” USSR investigative teams to VERIFY compliance, yet when it’s the fate of the West that’s at stake should the collapse of the USSR be a ruse, what does the United States do to confirm the collapse? Nothing!

    The fraudulent “collapse” of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn’t have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Marxists, which explains why verification of the “collapse” was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan’s favorite phrase, “Trust, but verify”.

    It gets worse–the “freed” Soviets and West also never (1) de-Communized the Soviet Armed Forces of its Communist Party officer corps, which was 90% officered by Communist Party members; and (2) arrested/de-mobilized the 6-million vigilantes that assisted the Soviet Union’s Ministry of the Interior and police control the populations of the larger cities during the period of “Perestroika” (1986-1991)!

    There can be no collapse of the USSR (or East Bloc nations) without…

    Verification, De-Communization and De-mobilization.

    The West never verified the collapse of the USSR because no collapse occurred, since if a real collapse had occurred the West would have verified it, since the survival of the West depends on verification. Conversely, this proves that the political parties of the West were co-opted by Marxists long before the fraudulent collapse of the USSR, since the survival of the West depends on verification.

    The above means that the so-called “War on Terror” is an operation being carried out by the Marxist co-opted governments of the West in alliance with the USSR and other Communist nations, the purpose being to (1) destroy the prominence of the West in the eyes of the world, where the West is seen (i) invading nations without cause; (ii) causing chaos around the globe; and (iii) killing over one-million civilians and boasting of torture; (2) close off non-Russian supplies of oil for export, thereby increasing the price of oil, the higher price allowing oil exporting Russia to maintain economic stability while she modernizes and increases her military forces; (3) destroy the United States Armed Forces via the never-ending “War on Terror”; the ultimate purpose of the aforementioned to (4) bring about the demise of the United States in the world, opening up a political void to be filled by a new pan-national entity composed of Europe and Russia (replacing the European Union), a union “From the Atlantic to Vladivostok”; which will (5) see the end of NATO.

    Now you know how Bolshevik Russia survived in 1917; how the West “lost” China to the Communists in 1949; why the Eisenhower administration turned a deaf ear to the anti-Communist Hungarian uprising in 1956; why the Eisenhower administration in 1959 was indifferent to the Castro brothers’ Communist fidelity, actually used the CIA to overthrow the Batista government; why the Nixon administration abandoned Taiwan for Communist China, and signed treaties/provided economic aid to the USSR; why the Nixon administration refused to tell the American People that over 50% of North Vietnamese NVA regiments were actually Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers (attired in NVA uniforms, and proving that the Sino/Soviet Split was a ruse, as KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn told the West back in 1962), thereby (1) ensuring the Vietnam War would be lost; (2) destroying the prominence of the United States abroad and at home; (3) breeding distrust between the American people and their government; and (4) securing Communist victories in Southeast Asia. Working in the background within the political parties of the United States and Great Britain were Marxist agents doing their best to (1) ensure the survival of Communist nations when they popped up; and (2) sabotage any policies that would bring down a Communist nation. That’s why after the fake collapses of the East Bloc nations and USSR there was no mandatory Western verification process to ensure the Communists weren’t still in control.

    **Except for Romania, where the government controlled crowds celebrated the new government, the National Salvation Front, its leadership composed of second rank Communist Party members!

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    When the Romans left Tunisia, they must have taken all their building skills and tools with them, including the spirit level. Because the only buildings with straight and level courses are the ancient site ruins.

    • An idiot who would say the name of Miliband as “Mil Li Band” with a straight face!

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Britisher pals, what you need to grasp is not how cheap the flight is, but how much it costs when you arrive. Oh, and avoid Islam like the pest. And package tours, I mean come on. You might as well tattoo “Victim” on your forehead.

  • Robin Whitlock

    Actually, let’s not, or anywhere else that needs massed unsustainable air travel for that matter, unless you can effectively offset your carbon emissions. As far as exacerbating climate change goes, air travel is one of the worst ways to do it. A better option for Tunisia would be to help it develop a growing renewable energy economy so that it cut down on fossil fuels and create lots of really good new jobs in a new green economy. Sadly, I very much doubt that many people on these pages will see the sense of that though…

  • Lucius_Severus_Pertinax

    I will take a vacation in Tunisia… if I can take a battalion of Marines with me.

  • Ivan Ewan

    Oh no! British tourists in Tunisia have been killed by terrorists! This is awful, what shall we do? Captain Spectator, help us!

    “No fear, Captain Spectator is here! The solution is very straightforward.”

    We kill the terrorists?

    “Of course not! We just have to send more and more British tourists to Tunisia!”

    Won’t they be targeted too?

    “Welllll….. maybe. The first few hundred tourists might die, but after that, the terrorists’ hearts will surely melt when they see how glad I am to sacrifice innocent peoples’ lives in order to fuel a Twitter hashtag! #BringBackOurTourists”

    Thank you Captain Spectator!
    ______________

    If you absolutely must holiday somewhere on the Med outside Europe, just go to Israel. They actually do something about terrorism in their country. Well, it’s the same for Egypt now but there are still too many terrorists.

  • Patricia Hacking

    Sensible, realistic article. One thing missing though : important not to offend normal, moderate muslims. So, no bikinis, sleeveless tops, mini shorts or skirts in public places, markets, open air restaurants etc. I know from experience in southern Morocco that far too many north european women dress like this, and locals are offended. This just gives extremists an excuse to draw more locals to their cause.

  • Fraser Bailey

    Each to his own death.

    I’ll stick to the wine villages of the Southern Rhone and perhaps a German spa or two.

    • Infidelissima

      wacist!

  • Trinity

    What do you really want..? Mass slaughter of brits…? Brits should better visit israel…such a beautiful country…& you know they are fighting islamists day in day out…& they need your support esp that of europeans & americans..

  • AverageGuyInTheStreet

    If all Tunisians renounced their imbecilic faith, and perhaps embraced the peaceful religion of Christinaity thereby demonstrating to us that it was a destination with which we’d feel comfortable, then yes it might then be an appropriate destination for Britons. Lets be honest, the cultural gulf is insurmountable. I’ll carry on holidaying in non-Islamic Europe if that’s ok with you.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Marking the 10-year anniversary of the London bombings on 7 July 2015: What happened to that, Spectator? Presumably HMG didn’t want to remind mug-punter public of the state-sponsored assassination of Jean Charles de Menezes. Only obeying orders? Grow a backbone, Spectator.
    Jack, the Japan Alps Brit

    • Far-left nonsense. And the proof is, my Japanese friend, apart from David Icke?!

  • Mouath Tamallah

    as a Tunisian, what a disappointing comment section i see here.
    Tunisia will always remain a welcoming nation with 3000 magnificent years of civilization and progress

  • logdon

    Ss they say in current parlance.
    Oxi.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    On 22 July, I trust you will mark the 10th anniversary of the illegal killing of Jean Charles while sitting on an Underground train in Stockwell Station. I’ll even write it for you:
    “There are still people out there that think JC de Menezes jumped the ticket barrier, was wearing a padded jacket on a hot day, refused to obey a police order, was in Britain illegally, even though Jack Straw flatly contradicted this. Flash to reality guys; this was all deception put out by the police and their supine lackeys in the MSM. However, it does show the value of Authority putting out its version first (even if it is contradicted later) and the damage that can be wrought on simple minds in a short span of time. Media whores and useful idiots, the perfect marriage.”

    Jack, the Japan Alps Brit
    And now a word from the Rochdale Retard. Imagine, living in the rape capital of Britain and not getting even a sniff of that underage white chick action. Small wonder he’s been driven out of his mind.

  • Will Coles

    Bad news: Tunisia attack: UK tourists advised to leave country
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33469718

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Time to dig out your copy Spectator scribes. If in doubt, give Jack a shout.
    TALKING POINTS FOR MAN SHOT DEAD
    Urgent Release For All Press
    Talking Points for man mistakenly killed by UK police. The following
    points should be emphasised in your reports:
    -The deadman is to be referred to as the “suspect” and never the
    “victim”. The intent of these talking points is to cast suspicion onto the dead man and direct any criticism away from the police.
    -He was not Caucasian. Preferably he was of Asian or Arab appearance.
    -Do not just mention that he was (mistakenly) taken for a suicide bomber, but
    describe suicide bombings in detail. Especially the aftermath. The
    intention should be to frighten the reader.
    Remind the reader what would (never say “might”) have happened if the
    suspect “had” been a suicide bomber and the police had “not” shot him.
    -Exaggerate.
    -Imply that he had a rucksack of the same colour, size, and design as preferred
    by real suicide bombers.
    -Blame the terrorists for his death and be sympathetic towards the police at all
    times.
    -When describing the man use imagery drawn only from the CCTV pictures of the
    real bombers. Conjure up the image of a suicide bomber.
    -Mention but do not discuss his innocence. Mention it only when necessary.
    -Belittle the suspect. Describe him in negative terms as poorly dressed, unshaven,
    and nervous, but also as a physically intimidating man, burly, agile, fit,
    dangerous.
    -It should not be written that he “failed” to obey police as failure may be
    construed as meaning that there was some other possible reason for his not
    stooping than presumed guilt.
    -Avoid passive associations by describing his
    actions only with action words commonly associated with guilt such as
    “refused” or “resisted”.
    -Give conflicting eyewitness accounts of the actual moments of the shooting so
    as to protect officers.
    -One witness thought he saw a “bomb-belt” on the suspect. Quote this witness
    extensively and as often as possible. Offer no speculation or implication that he may have been mistaken (which of course he was). Use his observation as if it was the sworn testimony of an expert in suicide bombings requiring no further comment.
    -The police began following the suspect after he left an apartment in the same
    block in which another apartment was under surveillance. Use this in such a way as to connect him to the bombers (by describing the apartment block as a “house”, for example). Do not speculate that the police may have followed the wrong man.
    -Bury the information that the real bombers are still on the loose by mentioning
    some vague arrests but do not give details as those arrested in the early
    days of such crises invariably turn out to be innocent.
    -Avoid mention of the suspect’s family (especially if it turns out he had a wife
    and kids) but report in depth on how sorry the police are. Use words like
    “regret” and “tragic”.
    -Assert that the way in which the suspect “dived or fell to ground” was cause for suspicion in itself. Never connect this to the simultaneous shouting by armed police for every one to “get down” as this may contradict prior assertions that he refused to obey the police.
    -Report it as if “the regulations” required the police to shoot him.
    -Report that there will be an internal enquiry as if this is a magnanimous police
    gesture as opposed to mere routine. Report on the process but not the
    substance of the enquiry, and phrase process descriptions in terms of
    thoroughness, accountability, and above all sufficiency.
    -Avoid mention of previous police-shootings that have resulted in public enquiries.
    -Don’t mention the war.
    -Generate debate on the circumstances in which the police *should* shoot to kill,
    and avoid moral or legal issues. Frame the debate in terms of terrorism only and dismiss mistaken-identity arguments as left wing or liberal.
    -If the suspect turns out to be non-Muslim you should still continue to question
    Muslim clerics on matters related to terrorism.
    -If the suspect does turn out to be Muslim connect Muslim sympathy or sorrow over his death with radical extremism.
    -Use the tiniest flaw in the suspect’s character (drugs, fare-dodging, infidelity,
    etc.) as ultimate justification. For example, “If he hadn’t have been deaf, he would have heard the police and still be alive today…”
    -Utterly groundless speculation is allowed to be presented as fact only when it
    results in a positive image for HMG.
    -All other topics, speculation, criticisms of the police, or discussions, are
    forbidden.

    • Did you manage to write this pseudolegal conspiracy-theory-piece all by yourself 10 years ago, before losing your mind completely through obvious drug abuse, schizophrenia and psychosis?

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