brian on 2008.01.08
at 01:26 am
This really saddened an otherwise happy day, when I learned the 30th running of the Dakar Rally has been cancelled. The event, formerly known as the Paris-Dakar (but now begins in Portugal instead) is run by the same French organization that conducts le Tour de France and many other major French sports events.
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly encouraged the cancellation of the even after the Christmas Eve murder of four French tourists east of the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. This attack was allegedly perpetrated by “Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghrebin.” Additionally, direct threats to the race itself have been issued by terrorist organizations.
Sadly, this punishes the fragile economies of the African nations the race passes through greatly. Perhaps this will encourage the citizens of these nations to see how dangerous these organizations are, and will organize against them.
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