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1 posted on 04/14/2009 9:30:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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The Middle East in general is a relatively undiscovered land for many Westerners because of the difficulty travelling there thanks to the religion of pieces. If Islam didn’t have a stranglehold on the region and instead Christianity and Judaism flourished, I would be on a plane to Dubai right now to start my trans-Middle East safari.

How many Americans have heard of Snoopy Island in Fujayrah? The Nabateaen fortress Mada’in Salih in Saudi Arabia? Or Busra in Syria or Shivtah in Israel? Nestorian Christian monestaries on the island Sir Bani Yas? 850 species of plants found nowhere in the world but on the island of Suqutra? The ruins of Marib, the Sabaean capital, in Yemen? The limestone caverns of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula? The rare and elusive Arabian leopard? There’s so much more to the cradle of civilization than Islam (which is just a sliver of its history...1400 years is nothing in ME time)...but unfortunately Islam has the upper hand right now.


2 posted on 04/14/2009 9:45:38 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (I'm learning Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, and Russian so someday you won't have to)
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Nicaragua is a good place to visit. Fairly safe if you stay in the larger hotels and do not act all gringo stuupid. Its still a dirt poor place run by Sandinos(Communists/Socialists), but the people, mostly poor indians who can not get out of the country, are pretty nice. But they are poor and desperate. La Flor De Caňa rum is the best rum in the world. And its made there. There are a lot of guns there and a lot of people very familiar with their use.

Myamar/Burma...FUHGEDDABOUT IT...NO GO! It is a war zone. Nobody is safe there. They weel keeel YOU!
7 posted on 04/15/2009 1:29:31 AM PDT by Tainan (Where's my FOF Indicator?)
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Travel here offers a chance to share ideas and help build a more understanding world - so long as tourism remains focused on benefiting, respecting, and empowering the native people and ecosystems.

Maybe I am wrong, but when I read someone who writes something like that, I believe I am dealing with a condescending leftist. When I travel now, any tour that has eco in its' title is off my list. I have grown tired of being lectured on how we have destroyed these sweet innocent people and their environment, when they are neither sweet or innocent and they ruined the environment long before we knew they existed.

9 posted on 04/15/2009 7:30:55 AM PDT by razorback-bert (We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.)
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