Let me ask you this: if you had the opportunity to go on a vacation, would you choose to go hiking in Iraq? Not a chance, right? Not exactly the safest place to hang out, right? Check out this story about three missing Americans apparently no where to be found since they decided to take a little walk in northern Iraq and strayed into Iran:
What? Our majestic national parks right here at home aren’t beautiful and challenging enough? Old and new European cities don’t provide the culture around which a vacation can be planned? The lure of exotic Asian sites isn’t alluring enough to tempt one to spend some holiday time there? The thought of visiting a country where freedom does not prevail is the ultimate vacation temptation?
Oh, definitely not. No other place on this earth can compete with the thrill of visiting a country with which we have been at war for seven years. Plus the knowledge of possible road side bombs and suicide bombers in public places like the town markets makes a trip to Iraq even that much more exciting. No wonder anti-American governments sometimes arrest innocent Americans there and accuse them of being spies or government agents. Who in their right mind would believe that these tourists chose to take a vacation, much less a HIKING vacation, in a place that has only contempt and hatred for Americans? Once again, stupidity rules the day.
I’m off now. Gotta catch a flight to Afghanistan. I hear its mountains are beautiful and there is an incredible system of caves underneath those mountains. I am tingly all over just thinking about exploring those caves. What could possibly go wrong, who could I possibly meet up with, in those peaceful underground caverns?