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An explosion has killed at least four people on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in the eastern Bulgarian city of Burgas, Bulgarian officials say. More than 20 people were also injured when the bus exploded at Burgas airport, by the Black Sea. Witnesses told Israeli TV that someone boarded the bus and a huge explosion immediately followed. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later accused Iran of being behind the explosion. “All the signs lead to Iran,” he said in a statement. “Israel will respond forcefully to Iranian terror.” Iran has made no public comments to the Israeli accusations. Wednesday’s blast came on the 18th anniversary of a deadly attack on a Jewish community centre in Argentina. Israel blamed Iran for that attack – a claim denied by Tehran (18 July 2012).

The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made an immediate response: “I was deeply saddened and angered to learn of today’s terrorist attack against Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. The United States condemns in the strongest terms this heinous terrorist attack against innocent civilians. We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones. The United States stands ready to offer any assistance necessary, and we will work with our partners in Bulgaria, Israel and elsewhere so that the perpetrators can be apprehended swiftly and brought to justice for this appalling crime”.[i]  In contrast, what was Hillary Clinton’s reaction to the death of Assad’s relatives in Damascus???  The news agency published this update: “White House says violence is not the answer in Syria but attack on Assad’s inner circle shows “window is closing.” White House says international community needs to act in a unified way. White House says it has no information on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s whereabouts; White House goes on to say the U.S. is closely monitoring Syria’s military facilities and believes its chemical stockpile remains under government control”.[2]

One day some people get killed in a terrorist attack and their deaths are seen as a sign of a “window [that] is closing”. On the same day, some other people die as a result of another terrorist attack but they were “innocent civilians” who lost their lives in a “heinous terrorist attack”. In both cases, the victims were semites, Arab Muslims and Israeli Jews . . . or rather, followers of the secularist Baath regime in Syria and inhabitants of a European nation state based in the Middle East, where the religion one professes to follow determines one’s ethnic and legal status.


[1] “Attacks in Bulgaria” U.S. Department of State (18 July 2012). http://statedept.tumblr.com/post/27502127326/attacks-in-bulgaria.

[2] “From Syria” Reuters (18 July 2012). http://live.reuters.com/Event/Syria/35181764.

Comments on: "Bulgaria in the News: Israeli Tourist Bus Attacked" (1)

  1. great website, great posts. i will also encourage my friends to read your posts.

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