The US warns about travelling to Europe

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the French Riviera. Just once place targeted by terrorists

Governments face problems when warning their citizens where to travel. If they don’t make citizens aware of potential perils they get damned if they don’t and something happens. If they do list every potential problem it seems to be adopting a “nanny” position leaving the countries named as being potential trouble spots fuming about the policy taken.

The USA is in just such a position.

It has  just expanded on a travel alert warning that terrorists continue to focus on tourist sites as attack targets, and that those traveling to the continent should “exercise additional vigilance” around such areas. It cites “widely reported incidents” in Finland, France, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the UK, adding that the State Department “remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks.” (Oddly enough Germany is not mentioned nor is Belgium both of which have suffered terrorist activity.)

Needless to say, some destinations are unhappy about the issued alert but are keeping quiet hoping that it won’t affect Us travellers and that they will continue to travel.

But the general advice the Americans have issued that extremists are continuing to focus on “tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks” could apply to any traveller.

All travellers seem to be fair game to the terrorist because we congregate at significant places of interest and that includes places in the USA as well. Wherever large numbers are likely to gather, a terrorist may well consider that place to be a potential area to strike and there is nothing that we can do about it. The best security is unlikely to effective 100% of the time leaving governments with a major headache.  They need tourists but the greater the number visiting the more likely they become an attack target.

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