Foreign Policy has this article about American and British tourists going to…Iraq.
You’ve got to be freakin’ kidding me.
I’m all for physically and mentally challenging yourself on vacation. I certainly don’t find anything appealing about laying about on a beach like a lump waiting for some underpaid lackey to feed and position me like some well fed veal calf.
This, however, is ridiculous. If you’re 79 years old and seriously have to consider getting ‘hostile environment training‘ before going on vacation, you really should reevaluate your life choices.
I suspect this is a symptom of the ‘Disneyfication’ of our society. People just can’t seem to wrap their pretty little heads around the fact that the world is dangerous. Case in point:
And none of the group seemed very concerned about security.
“It never occurred to me to think it was a risk,” said the 77-year-old archaeologist from north London, Bridget Jones. “I’m an optimist. I think it’ll never happen to me.”
She admitted she had heard “a couple of explosions”, and then she told me that she would prefer to be killed by a car bomb than die in a hospital geriatric ward.
Former probation officer Jo Gilbert, from the US, agreed there was a danger of being kidnapped and murdered.
But, with a nervous laugh, she said she was prepared to take that risk.
I wonder if they’d be so flippant if they were kidnapped, bombed, shot at. And wait, let me guess…who would be responsible for rescuing them if they were in danger?
What a bunch of maroons…