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Israeli tourist bus blown up in Bulgaria (Updates)

Israeli tourist bus blown up in Bulgaria (Updates)

News just breaking, details to follow:

According to initial reports, an Israeli tour bus was attacked at the Sarafovo International Airport in the Bulgarian vacation city of Bourgas.

A Bulgarian website reported that there were multiple casualties in a bomb explosion. Army Radio reported that at least three of the passengers were critically wounded.

The mayor of the Bourgas confirmed the attack. The airport of the city was closed.

Just a few days ago a Lebanese national was arrested on Cyprus on charges of planning to attack Israeli targets on behalf of Iran.

CNN has this photo, which it terms “unvetted”:

Updates: Today is the anniversary of the 1994 Iranian bombing of the Jewish Center in Buenos Aires which killed 85 people, no coincidence I’m sure (h/t @oskessel).

In January, Bulgaria disrupted a planned Hezbollah attack on Israelis.

There are at least 7 confirmed dead.  I have seen other reports that it was a youth sports team on board, but have not seen it confirmed yet.


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LukeHandCool | July 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

Don’t know if it’s legit, but I saw one tweet from an Israeli that said seven fatalities so far.

Uncle Samuel | July 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

Hell hath no fury like that which I feel toward Islam right now.

Nearly 20,000 terror attacks since September 11, 2001.

I utterly despise Islam. Ain’t no phobia – just complete revulsion for this sick deceitful misogynist barbaric hate system.

LukeHandCool | July 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I understand your anger, Uncle Samuel.

But, I think you mean “radical Islam.”

I’ve known some wonderful muslim people in my life.

I had a geography grad seminar once, not long after 9/11, and the professor got on a blame-America-and-Israel-root-causes-why-do-they-hate-us rant. You could tell he expected the young muslim lady in class to agree, but she politely told him she completely disagreed with him; that 9/11 was caused by evil men, not America or Israel.

I could’ve kissed her.

I also worked with a wonderful muslim immigrant lady years ago. Her husband was an accountant in the office next door and also a sweet, sweet, person.

When I first saw her, I thought, “Won’t be able to kid around with her.”

Boy, was I wrong. As we got to know each other, we playfully kidded each other non-stop. Just a wonderful lady.

I had a fairly heated exchange months ago at work with a woman whom I like otherwise, but she started on the whole, “People who think terrorism is synonymous with Islam are just Islamophobic,” B.S.

Most muslims are not terrorists, but most terrorists are muslims.

Nothing wrong with being angry. I hate it when people are murdered and grief counselors are brought in to “understand” the situation, and then local preachers always invariably say something to the effect that we should be sad but not angry ….” blah blah blah.

B.S. There are times when anger is justified. This time being a great example.

It’s hard enough getting through life with all of its common, everyday dangers such as disease and accidents.

But when you’re travelling and your national identity puts a bullseye on you … we have to be angry about that!

Find those behind this attack and string them up!!

    1. My condolences for the dead and their loved ones. I support Israel and the Jewish people wrt whatever measures they judge appropriate for their security.

    2. Luke-san, I wonder how to help your moderate friends to resist the blandishments and threats of the fanatics. Ultimately it’s a process they have to pursue themselves, but surely we can offer support somehow. An obvious first step is for the West to recover its cultural confidence and slough off the suicidal insanity of multiculturalism.

    3. In my pessimistic moments I think that the cycle of history has turned in favor of the forces of destruction and barbarism against the forces of progress and civilization. However, while I do not currently practice a religion, I retain from my upbringing the warning that despair is a sin.

      LukeHandCool in reply to gs. | July 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      “2. Luke-san, I wonder how to help your moderate friends to resist the blandishments and threats of the fanatics. Ultimately it’s a process they have to pursue themselves, but surely we can offer support somehow. An obvious first step is for the West to recover its cultural confidence and slough off the suicidal insanity of multiculturalism.”

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      One of my favorite quotes is,

      “Democracy, Immigration, Multiculturalism … Pick Any Two.”

      You know, it would be easy for Israel to say Islam is the problem and go Roman on the Palestinians.

      The terrorists kill a dozen here, a dozen there again and again, hoping to provoke a huge reaction from Israel. And Israel, to its great credit, always refrains (casting in broad relief the Orwellian language of those who hate her and claim her measured responses to be “disproportionate”).

      Israel’s commendable, measured response says to me that it doesn’t have a beef with Islam, … only with radical Islam.

      In a less infuriating world, all muslims would be bloodthirsty terrorists and I would be the first to say wipe them all out, because that’s what they want to do to us.

      But the world is, in fact, infuriating, and, there are good muslims.

      The Israelis could go Roman and the problem would be over. But they don’t and they won’t. Bless them for that. The temptation must be overwhelming at times.

      We have work to do taking back our institutions in the West. We have to neutralize the useful idiots in the West in so many positions of power who help the terrorists convince comparatively moderate muslims that Israel, America, and the West are its problem … rather than their true problem, the terrorists themselves.

      Then, hopefully, Islam can be reformed and brought into this century.

      By the way,

      “Democracy, Immigration, Multiculturalism … Pick Any Two.”

      My two … Democracy and Immigration … and drive a stake through the heart of multiculturalism.

    rotate in reply to LukeHandCool. | July 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    You have an acquaintance with 3 people and you have it all figured out on Islam. You are very naive. Go live in a Muslim country.

      LukeHandCool in reply to rotate. | July 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      “You have an acquaintance with 3 people and you have it all figured out on Islam. You are very naive. Go live in a Muslim country.”


      I certainly never said I have it all figured out, and, believe me, I am not naive.

      I know that personal anecdotes in and of themselves prove little. But I would imagine there are some or many LI readers who live in areas with less diversity than where I live and perhaps have never met a muslim … that was for them. And, in anecdotes can be found patterns.

      Like most good, normal Christians and Jews, these people are most concerned about their families and just getting along day to day. They don’t focus their lives on any minutiae in their book that could be interpreted literally as a call to do harm unto others.

      There must be a carrot and stick approach.

      Please don’t think I’m some naive “War is Not the Answer” dodo brain.

      If people in the Israeli and American intelligence agencies think Iran’s nuclear facilities need to be bombed … I completely support them. If they think certain muslim leaders need to be assasinated, I support them.

      How could I support assasination?


      They’ve already proven to me, beyond any shadow of a doubt, by their restraint while being prodded over and over and over and over and over again by the terrorists … that they (the Israelis) will not sink to their level, and will only kill when there is no other choice.

      If moderate muslims don’t step up to the plate … I just don’t know. But stepping up to that plate risks getting your head cut off … as well as your loved ones’ heads cut off. Moderate muslims really have an unenviable task.

      Ours is much less dangerous … but it will still be difficult: defeating the useful idiots and those among us who have been raised to believe the West is the problem.

      If you still insist I go live in a muslim country, fine.

      But send me a couple hundred thousand for moving expenses (I got a lot of junk).

Uncle Samuel has it right. No, he doesn’t mean radical Islam; he means Islam.

There may be good and bad Muslims throughout the world. But when it comes to Islam itself, there are no qualifiers. There is no moderate Islam; there is no radical Islam. Only Islam. And that comes directly from the horse’s mouth. For example, Turkey’s PM Erdogan said (2007), “These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate [radical] Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”

And the Islam of which he speaks is the Islam of the Koran, with the word Islam meaning Submit.

What is evil, from the world view of the West’s mores, is the ideology of Islam itself. Islam’s core religious texts call upon Muslims to subjugate the whole world for the sake of Islam and Allah. It really is that simple. Time after time the jihadists themselves tell us, quoting chapter and verse from the Koran, what they intend to do to us as non-Muslims and why.

May I suggest that you give Spencer’s a try.

If it were American tourists, Hillary or Dear Leader would be bowing and scraping to make an apology for being alive. Bibi? I’ll bet Mossad is already on the case getting ready to claim an eye for the eye taken.

I’m glad some countries aren’t afraid to defend themselves.

Professor, there were fears that an Israeli youth basketball team was on the bus, but it turns out they are safe thank G-d. However, all that means is that 7 other Israelis have died.

The Times of Israel is live blogging the whole attack and aftermath.

There are ways to stop this islamic crap. One way in particular that I like, is radiation.

Had Charles Martel had this type weapon, I don’t think he would have hesitated one moment to use it.

El Cid (even though the boy played “footsies” with both sides) would have used it too..

Hey, it works, just ask the one time ferocious Japanese.

Bibi says he’s gonna go after Iran for this. About time someone did something to that stinking country.

Methinks that the doo-doo may be ready to hit the fan.

In this case, procrastination does not appear to be a viable option while resolution is.

Let the chips fall where they……