Skip to comments.THE HOT HOLIDAY DESTINATION: IRAQ?
Posted on 09/20/2008 9:00:27 AM PDT by Kaslin
THE way Barack Obama talks of Iraq, you'd think the whole county is a sea of fire and blood, created by the United States. So he might be surprised to learn that tour operators in Europe and the Middle East are touting this "sea of fire and blood" as a new holiday destination.
One program just put on the market by Terre Entiere, a leading French tour operator, offers a "Christmas Pilgrimage" in December to Iraq's biblical sites, some of which date back more than 2,000 years.
Another program starts in January. Called "Forgotten History," it includes visits to some of the most ancient sites of human civilization in Iraq, the ancient Mesopotamia.
"Frankly, we were surprised by the positive echoes we had as soon as we launched our program," says Pierre Simon, a spokesman for the French company marketing the Iraqi holidays. "People from many European countries, not just France, are showing interest. They want to go and see for themselves."
That Iraq should be a tourist destination is no surprise. Mesopotamia, or the Land of the Two Rivers, is universally recognized as the birthplace of civilization.
It was there that the first cities appeared and the first governments took shape. Sumer and Akkad invented the first forms of writing, the first bureaucracies and the first organized religious doctrines. In its heyday, Babylon, with its "hanging gardens," was the world's largest metropolis.
The first ever book, the Epic of Gilgamesh, was written in Mesopotamia some 3,000 years ago.
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but but.. but.. the quagmire..
to be honest I would love to visit ancient mesopotamia, I read the bible everyday and wonder of such ancient places.
Obama HUSSEIN slanders the name HUSSEIN! Obama truly makes Saddam look like a Saint! Many may disagree with this, but Heaven Forbid that Obama ever gets the power to exercise his will over Humans! Then, the theory will be proven in Spades!
NOBAMA IN 08! NOBAMA’s EVER FOR AMERICA!
GIVE OBAMA BACK TO INDONESIA FOR FREE!!!!
makes saddam look like a saint? You are making yourself sound really dumb.
And making the forum look dumb as well as vicious. I suspect he’s a troll.
See Iraq. Fewer carbombings than Paris! Book your tour today.
Only in your narrow opinion which I disregard handily and easily!
“Another program starts in January. Called “Forgotten History,” it includes visits to some of the most ancient sites of human civilization in Iraq, the ancient Mesopotamia. “
I think I’d give it another year or two lest some might become “forgotten history” themselves.
“I suspect hes a troll.”
Check out his pings. He’s either a troll or a fanatic. Either way, this is no Freeper.
I wonder if they provide the body armor or if you have to bring your own kevlar.
Why don’t you go back to DU.
He/she could be a fanatic, but my guess he/she is a troll. The remarks have a put on, phony ring.
Reading that, anything I could comment would be,
not worth saying.
Never been there, tell me about it since you seem to know!
"Reading that, anything I could comment would be,
not worth saying."
Damned hell-hole... One of our three 4th CEB platoons was there, billeted at the "chicken factory". My buddy's son, Cpl. Peter John Giannopoulos, was KIA November 11, 2004 in Latifiyah.
I would like to vacation in Haqlaniyah, especially if they have one of those "old west" re-enactments like we have out west. You know, where you grab and AK and have a showdown out on main street. I'm up for another one of those.
r u talking durty to me?