Summer is the tourist season for Americans. There are Americans that believe their passport is some sort of talisman that turns the entire world into Disney World. Disney World is a bit different than North Korea; bad behavior in Disney World means being escorted out of the park, bad behavior outside the borders of the United States can become a nightmare.
Americans regardless of their political beliefs make mistakes when choosing a vacation destination. Trekking across the border of Iran is really not a good choice, and I would suggest taking a visit to Yemen off your bucket list, unless it’s the last item on your bucket list.
One visit to another country does not necessarily make a person an expert on that country when it comes to culture or politics. There is the old joke about a group of American socialists visiting a newspaper publisher in Stalin’s Soviet Union. The Americans marveled at the large printing press. One woman exclaimed we don’t have anything like this in the United States. Closer examination of the press revealed a plaque stating: “Made in Brooklyn, USA.”
Two Americans who happen to be members of Congress have been refused entry into Israel. Unlike our own Congress that believes in open borders, Israelis do not. Congressional junkets are paid vacations that are described as fact-finding missions. As Joe Biden says, we prefer truth to facts. Members of Congress are like locusts; they devour wages and strip the fields bare, and worst of all they are probably lousy tippers.
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