Baller DW Posted January 7, 2008 Baller Share Posted January 7, 2008 Not that it is a big deal to those on this forum, but terrorism ended the Dakar Rally before it started.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Instead of running through Northern Morocco right now, I am bag home in the USA (without 2 bags that were lost thanks to the airlines, one on the way and one on the return) lamenting the fact that I will get no race fix for a while.The Dakar rally is the first sporting event to get cancelled by a terrorist threat, it was made directly at the rally by Al-Queda #2 leader, so the organizers had to cancel the rally.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Four French tourists and 8 military guards have been killed since December 24 in terrorist attacks in Mauritania.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â A written threat was then posted on the Al Queda website, denouncing "the cross" and the infidels and the focus of the ruling elite on the rally.Several of the race teams focus solely on the Dakar rally, it is the main race program for several manufacturers and the level of investment for this rally is staggering.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Many teams spend several millions for this event, Mauritania was poised to benefit to the tune of $30 million Euros, etc...Sad day indeed.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Might be some food for thought on making sure we can keep them from entering the USA and causing similar disruptions. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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