For example, on May 31 of this year, the State Department issued this warning for the whole of Europe: As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation. The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists planning attacks in public locations, especially at large events. This Travel Alert expires August 31, 2016.
Now, in the aftermath of the Dallas shootings, and the large number of sometimes violent Black Lives Matter protests erupting across the country, three nations have now issued warnings to their own citizens about traveling across our fruited plains.
MSN reports, The U.S. embassy of Bahrain, a tiny Middle Eastern island nation, on Saturday urged citizens via twitter to “be cautious of protests or crowded areas occurring around the U.S.”
Bahamas, a Caribbean nation where most people identify as being of African heritage, on Friday warned its people to be careful when visiting U.S. cities rocked by “shootings of young black males by police officers.”
“In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate,” Bahamas foreign ministry said in a travel advisory.
The United Arab Emirates urged its students and other citizens in the United States to also be careful, using similar language the U.S. State Department employs when warning Americans about countries that have fallen victim to attacks by extremists.
“Please be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places when possible,” the UAE embassy said in a statement that urged people to stay away from any U.S. demonstrations. “Exercise particular caution during large festivals or events, be alert and stay safe.”
What a terribly tragic state of affairs, that it’s come to this. The first (half) black president — winner of the Nobel PEACE Prize for heck’s sake – has so stoked the flames of hate and divisiveness that other people are afraid to come here. Well, perhaps that’s one way to cut down on illegal immigration…
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]