I once read that the best way to stop wars would be to flood them with tacky tourists ...
April 18, 2002 4:45 AM   Subscribe

I once read that the best way to stop wars would be to flood them with tacky tourists ... I'm afraid we need masses, though, not just a single pair.
posted by magullo (7 comments total)

 
Attention non-Americans: Please remember this the next time you rip on Americans for being unaware of the world. We're not alone.

It reminds me of a German guy I met in South America in 1995. We were both taking a 3 a.m. bus from a small town on the western side of Venezuela into Colombia. We chatted. I mentioned how the exchange rate would be better in Colombia, what with the rebel fighting and the kidnappings and the like. He grew increasingly uncomfortable because he had no idea what I was talking about. Not only had he not been reading the newspapers on the road (which is perhaps forgivable, seeing as how he read little Spanish), he hadn't even read anything before he left Germany. As soon as we reached Colombia, he found the nearest airport and flew out of there. Me, I had a great time in Colombia; the only inconvenience was all the road blocks by rebels and government soldiers, at which they'd empty the bus, search it, frisk the men, and then let it leave after about a half hour.
posted by Mo Nickels at 5:07 AM on April 18, 2002


> Please remember this the next time you rip on Americans
> for being unaware of the world. We're not alone.

But: ""We have been on the road for the last six months and we did not watch television or read the newspapers," Mr Makano told reporters. "

They were backpacking, which isn't the same as sitting home on the couch every night and still not knowing. But once they got there, it is pretty strange that no one and nothing let on that it wasn't exactly tourist season.

[Unless you mean tourist season like Elmer means wabbit season.]
posted by pracowity at 6:00 AM on April 18, 2002


> I once read that the best way to stop wars would be to flood them with tacky tourists ...

Nice theory. Didn't work in Yugoslavia, once one of the world's worst tourist traps. I still have the holiday snaps.
posted by zimbobzim at 6:26 AM on April 18, 2002


Israel has been keeping up the psychological pressure on those holed up inside the church, bombarding it with ear-splitting, shrieking noises which aim to disorientate those inside.

John Madden's contribution to the English language.
posted by straight at 6:30 AM on April 18, 2002


it's like the john sayles' movie! men with guns :)
posted by kliuless at 7:55 AM on April 18, 2002


Blah blah blah, then the tourists have already won. ;)
posted by donkeyschlong at 8:52 AM on April 18, 2002


Hrm, I posted this earlier but it got deleted!
posted by delmoi at 8:12 PM on April 18, 2002


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