By December 30, 2005

Adventure? Heh. Excitement? Heh. A Jedi Craves Not These Things

Farris Hassan, a 16-year-old high school student from Florida, decided to up the ante on his journalism “immersian” project and travelled without parental knowledge to Iraq in order to see what life was really like in the war zone. Without knowing a word of Arabic, the young man flew to Kuwait and eventually made his way to his target, Baghdad. There’s a burdgeoning thread about it on Ars, wherein most of the posters are calling the kid an idiot.

I think the kid is a badass. His reasoning, although possibly “young and idealistic” as one Ars poster put it, was that if he could put even the smallest foot forward to understand (and be understood by) the common person in Iraq, that tensions between the two cultures may ease. Despite all the brow-beating received by his mother, his teachers, and the armchair internet tough-guys on Ars, I think that if more Americans up and went to other countries that our country would be much better off.

That being said, I don’t even have a passport. Doh!

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