Don't Hide From Istanbul! (Article by Conde Nast Traveler)

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In light of yesterday's senseless attack on the heart of Istanbul we post this article from Conde Nast Traveler magazine:


"ISIS hit Istanbul with a deadly blow today, but avoiding the city only cripples it further.
A deadly suicide blast hit Istanbul’s main tourist district today, killing 10 and injuring 15 in Sultanahmet Square, at a time when post-Paris, post-Brussels, and post-Beirut, it's the last thing we want to hear. Responses from world leaders—and a resurgence of fear about the safety of travel—have all been swift. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out in Berlin about the attack and its victims, the majority of whom were German: "Today Istanbul was hit; Paris has been hit, Tunisia has been hit, Ankara has been hit before," she said. "International terrorism is once again showing its cruel and inhuman face today."
And while it's a natural reaction to stay away in the wake of tragedy, Traveler’s editor-in-chief Pilar Guzmán, who recently returned from a trip to Istanbul, says we should resist the urge to put our heads in the sand.
“When a friend emailed me a 'thank God, you’re back' this morning after the news of the attacks on Istanbul, my first reaction was I’d go again tomorrow,” says Guzmán. “It’s not as though it never crossed my mind while traveling to Istanbul with my family this past December that one of the world’s most culturally significant cities, like Paris, could be a target. But the truth is any city, including ones like the relatively unknown blighted L.A. exburb of San Bernadino, is equally vulnerable. If we give into our fears and never leave our homes (because as someone who rides the New York City subway every day to 1 World Trade, that’s really what we’re talking about) we give into the terrorists’ goal of crippling tourism in a city wholly reliant on it, of undermining its economy and governance. As we know from recent events in Syria (or Libya or Yemen), it’s precisely this instability that becomes fertile ground for ever more radical forms of terrorism. And round and round we go. By continuing to claim our collective citizenship of the world, we play our part in short-circuiting this vicious cycle.” "
 
http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-01-12/dont-hide-from-istanbul?mbid=social_facebook