Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Toto, We're Not in Berkeley Anymore

This might be old news, but I just caught this LAT report that the three Americans captured by Iran after straying across the border are all Berkeley grads. My thoughts and prayers are with them, and hopefully they'll be out of harm's way in the near future, but...

[It shouldn't be too surprising what follows after the "but." Part of me thinks it's in poor taste and I should stop the post right where I have it. The other part of me offers a simple contradiction.]

. . . but what the hell were they thinking? The Iran/Iraq border running through Kurdistan isn't exactly Prague. You might want to consider backpacking there if you have a convoy of heavily armed HMMWVs as escort. Again, I feel bad, and I'm pulling for their safe return, but WTF?

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

just another sad example of what berkeley will do to an impressionable mind.

8/04/2009 11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone hear Professor Zimring on NPR this afternoon? He spoke on All Things Considered.

8/05/2009 10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This kind of intentional misadventuring reminds me of Jacob Appelbaum's trip, early in the conflict: http://www.archive.org/details/jacob_appelbaum_Iraq_Video

8/06/2009 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:18, do you recall in which segment he spoke? I'd like to hear him but was unable to find mention of his name for yesterday.

8/06/2009 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, he spoke about California prisons, specifically the recent federal court order that California had to release 47,000 prisoners from its system.

8/06/2009 1:36 PM  

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