Initial speculation at the time that fanatics sympathetic to Al-Qaeda were responsible and that the presence of Israeli tourists was a major factor was soon replaced by allegations laying the blame on local Bedouin said to be resentful of the casual lifestyle and relative opulence in the resorts. Neither theory has been proven.The writer studiously ignores the Muslim Brotherhood, a group actively working to replace Egypt's secular government with an Islamic one, as the most likely suspects. In fact, nowhere in the editorial do the words "Islam" or "Muslim" appear.
The author goes on to say:
Those responsible for these barbarities either have a deep hatred of the tourist resorts and their Westernized ways and make no distinction between foreign tourists and Egyptian ones [emphasis mine --ed.], seeing all as targets. Or this is part of an even more sinister plot, using the same tactics as in Iraq — to cripple the Egyptian tourist industry and with it the nation’s economy, thereby destabilizing the country, making it ungovernable and bringing down the government.Not to put words into the writer's mouth, but is it OK to kill tourists, just as long as they're not Egyptian?
This one editorial speaks volumes about what's wrong within Islam and in Muslim countries. There is complete denial that their religion motivates countless numbers of their co-religionists to perpetrate the most heinous crimes of mass murder, and only sit up and take notice when some of their own fall victim.