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Topic Review (Newest First)
01-05-2008 07:54 AM
ccain OH MAN!!! I LOVE PARIS HILTON!






Excellent staff, turn down service, wonderful restaurant and a great bar! 4 STARS!!!



Rumor has it there is some skank running around giving this fine hotel a bad name!
01-05-2008 04:22 AM
jjseel
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Originally Posted by ccain529 View Post
Oh well...

You've seen one Paris Hilton sex video... You've seen them all.

Oh, um... Sorry...Got my Paris' mixed up...

Move along, nothing to see here.

I hav'nt seen one yet, but I think I would rather see the rally.
01-05-2008 01:19 AM
ccain Oh well...

You've seen one Paris Hilton sex video... You've seen them all.

Oh, um... Sorry...Got my Paris' mixed up...

Move along, nothing to see here.
01-04-2008 07:16 PM
woody_k
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Originally Posted by 1BLKJP View Post
You notice that it was at the urging of the French government they cancelled it. That says something right there.

You can bet money that the Baja 1000 would NEVER be cancelled for something like this.

Didn't a turtle stop that race? Or was it a rat?
01-04-2008 07:16 PM
silvergoat In 1974 the Baja 1000 was cancelled becouse of the gas crunch so you never know whats next.
01-04-2008 06:11 PM
1BLKJP You notice that it was at the urging of the French government they cancelled it. That says something right there.

You can bet money that the Baja 1000 would NEVER be cancelled for something like this.
01-04-2008 05:47 PM
skeeter With terrorism you can't do much in any event. Where do you draw the line?
Should we cancel all public gatherings because these animals can't control their desire to murder innocent people?
Besides. people die in the Paris to Dakar on a regular basis. It's a risky sport to begin with but people still choose to take their chances.
01-04-2008 05:45 PM
4point I'm going to miss it, I enjoyed watching. Maybe it time to move it to Australia.
01-04-2008 05:33 PM
1BLKJP
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Originally Posted by skeeter View Post
The religion of peace has forced the cancellation of the Paris to Dakar rally
When will the rest of the world learn that appeasement doesn't work?
They keep giving in to this crap and they may as well just slit their own throats.

Times article
Only problem is with something as remote and spread out as Dakar is the organizers can't do much to keep people safe. And in this day and age they know they'd be sued in the worst way should something actually happen to spectators or participants.
01-04-2008 05:26 PM
dbwvu that sux. that race is in a league of its own
01-04-2008 05:04 PM
skeeter
Paris to Dakkar cancelled

The religion of peace has forced the cancellation of the Paris to Dakar rally
When will the rest of the world learn that appeasement doesn't work?
They keep giving in to this crap and they may as well just slit their own throats.

Times article
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(PARIS) — Al-Qaeda threats against the Dakar Rally and an attack in Mauritania forced organizers to cancel the annual race on Friday, the eve of the 5,760-mile trek across North African desert scrubland and savannah.
It was the first time the automobile, motorbike and truck rally has been called off in its 30-year history. In a statement, organizers blamed "threats launched directly against the race by terrorist organizations," the Dec. 24 killings of a French family and international tensions.

The race's central appeal — its course through African deserts, scrubland and savannas — is also its weak point, making it difficult to protect thousands of people as they cross remote regions.

"No other decision but the cancellation of the sporting event could be taken," organizers said.

France, where the race organizers are based, had urged the rally to avoid Mauritania after the four family members were killed in an attack blamed on a terror cell that uses the Mauritanian desert as a hideout.

Officials say the cell is linked to the Algeria-based al-Qaeda in Islamic North Africa, which has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly attacks, including the Dec. 11 twin suicide bombings at U.N. offices and a government building in Algiers, which killed at least 37 people.

Patrice Clerc, who heads the company that organizes the rally, told The Associated Press the threats against the rally came from al-Qaeda's North Africa wing. He said the French government warned explicitly that the race was threatened but did not share its intelligence.

"Yes, we perhaps bowed to terrorism but our company today does not have the right to run this risk for all those people who trust it," Clerc added. "We don't have the right to play games with safety."

Mauritania's foreign minister criticized the decision to scrap the race.

"This decision has no relationship with the actual security situation in Mauritania, a country that has always been stable and peaceful," said Foreign Minister Babah Sidi Abdallah.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said he did not want to "stigmatize" Mauritania, but warned of the risks "in a very uncertain region and one crossed by the networks of al-Qaeda in North Africa."

"We simply want those who risk a lot to benefit from our information," Kouchner told RTL radio. "We are warning them: It's dangerous."

Al-Qaeda in North Africa, in a Dec. 29 statement posted on an Internet site that it often uses, criticized Mauritania's government for "providing suitable environments to the infidels for the rally." It did not directly call for attacks on the race or its participants.

In the past, terrorism fears have forced organizers to cancel individual stages or reroute the race. In 2000, several stages were scrapped after a threat forced organizers to airlift the entire race from Niger to Libya. Several stages were also called off in 2004, reportedly because of terror threats in Mali.

The race, organized by the France-based Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), had been due to start in Lisbon, Portugal, on Saturday and finish in Dakar, Senegal, on Jan. 20. Eight of the stages were to take place in Mauritania. Some 550 car, truck and motorcycle drivers were expected.

Cyril Neveu, a five-time Dakar winner in the motorcycle category, acknowledged that the race could have been targeted by terrorists.

"It is a big caravan of more than 3,000 people," he told French broadcaster I-Tele. He said he respected the organizers' decision but added: "Many are going to be disappointed."

"Providing security from the first to the last competitor is an onerous job," Neveu added. "One cannot say that there was zero risk."

Only the father of the slain family survived the Dec. 24 attack, in a town 150 miles east of the Mauritanian capital as the family picnicked on the side of a road.

That attack was followed up be another four days later, when three Mauritanian soldiers manning a checkpoint were killed. Mauritania is a largely peaceful Islamic republic that has been rocked by the back-to-back attacks.

Authorities have blamed a terror "sleeper cell" linked to the Algeria-based al-Qaeda in Islamic North Africa for the murders of the family. Al-Qaeda in Islamic North Africa claimed responsibility for the killing of the soldiers.

The Mauritanian government had announced last week that it would mobilize a 3,000-man security force to ensure the race's safety.

Those in the country's tourism sector decried the loss, calling France's reaction "exaggerated and disproportionate."

"The worries expressed by the French are unfounded," said Mohamed El Moustapha Ould Cheibani, who heads a tour agency in Atar, a city 270 miles north of the capital, Nouakchott. "It's like getting punched in the back of our tourism industry."

Associated Press writers Ahmed Mohamed in Nouakchott, Mauritania, and John Leicester in Paris contributed to this report.

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