Thursday, July 17, 2008

Jordan: 6 tourists wounded in bus attack

Jordanian government is quick to downplay "political element" then puts their fingers in their ears and loudly sings "la-la-la-he-didn't-have-a-beard-so-he's-not-an-Islamic-militant-and-that-doesn't-count." Hmm. But it says here that the attacker was Palestinian.

What's that tell you about the 'political element'? From AFP

Witnesses told AFP that an individual began shooting at the bus near the Roman amphitheatre in the city centre at around 11:00 pm (2000 GMT).

At the time of the attack, tourists were arriving to attend an evening of music at the amphitheatre, said witnesses.

The Lebanese-Jordanian event at which the orchestra was playing was not part of the Festival of Jordan, which has been surrounded by controversy.

A group of 14 Jordanian trade unions called for Arab and Jordanian singers to boycott the festival, saying the French company Publicis that organised it had also worked on the celebrations for Israel's 60th anniversary earlier this year. Both Publicis and the Jordanian government have denied the accusation.

It is the fourth attack on tourists in Jordan in the last two years.

Needless to say, the US embassy has issued a travel advisory, asking Americans to stay away from the amphitheatre and other crowded venues.