Even though Islamic State immediately said it downed the Russian passenger plane over Sinai, many around the world, primarily in Egypt, preferred not to believe it, because the implications would be so severe.
The wreckage of the Russian plane that crashed in Sinai on Saturday
If American intelligence assessments are indeed correct, and the Russian Metrojet Airbus, with its 224 passengers and crew, crashed in Sinai on Saturday because a bomb planted on the aircraft was detonated by Islamic State or a group affiliated with it, this would mark the deadliest terrorist attack since the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Without question, Islamic State has upped the ante.
Already on Saturday, the group claimed responsibility for the attack. Many around the globe, primarily in Egypt, preferred not to believe it, because the implications would be so severe. Although the investigation is still ongoing, it appears American intelligence agencies have managed to intercept the group’s internal communications, which point to its culpability in the crash.
Egypt and Russia are likely to respond harshly. First Egypt, as the bomb was planted on the plane in its territory, at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi had hoped the crash was an accident, because a terrorist attack would be so damaging to a tourism industry just beginning to recover from the Tahrir Square revolution. Egypt