Michael Totten “just had to” go back to Iraq.
I’m glad he got out of Lebanon before Hizbollah decided to take him out.
What a great start to what I’m sure will be an excellent short series. Halfway through my mind wandered to an image John Belushi screaming “ROADTRIP” from Animal House.
It has been a while since Hezbollah took out Western civilians. Unless you’re an Israeli on the border, Hezbollah is all scream and no action.
If they were more like Al Qaeda than they currently are, I would have handled my personal fight with them very differently.
Oh great. My little sophmoric “Animal House” comment is now forever bounded by Den Beste above and Totten below. This serves to both illustrate and reinforce my own personal fear of being the one dumb guy (with foot firmly planted in mouth)interrupting an otherwise intelligent conversation.
FloridaSteve, I was thinking “roadtrip” myself.
Michael, how much safer is a trip from Istanbul to Kurdistan (or the exact town you finished up in) today as opposed 100 years ago under the Ottomans (Ottomen?)
Or say, 200 years ago, and contrast that with a comparable trip within the US.
Would it be fair to say that the level of safety within that area of greater Asia Minor (for lack of a better term) has stayed constant, while within the US in 200 years the level has gone from well below to above that for the Levant?
I would have to say driving from Istanbul to the Tigris these days is not dangerous. Automobile traffic is by far the biggest hazard.
I have no idea how safe or not it was 100 or 200 years ago.