The Beginning Of My Ascendance
My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria|
|Date:||May 1st, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)|| |
Comments like this, though perhaps well intentioned (though personally I fail to grasp how...), are not what anyone needs to hear in a situation like this. Perhaps you should place yourself in the Vienneau family's position and think before making comments such as this.
|Date:||May 1st, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)|| |
I think the comment is appropos. Vienneau shows a fundamental naivete regarding the Middle East, and especially Syria, that will inhibit his actions to find his sister. Comments like "it's safe, especially for a Canadian" are case-in-point.
Syria is a bad place to be for anyone to be. Putting one's faith in page out of a granola-crunching backpacking book cannot, and will not, change that fact.
I've spent nearly two years in Syria and I'm a white American. I spend a good portion of my time here hiking alone in the countryside, hitchhiking and taking public transportion, and sleeping at stranger's homes. It is one of the safest countries in the world, especially for a foreigner. The only way it would be 'dangerous' is if one was involved in some politically subversive activities, which I highly doubt his sister was.
From what I've read, he has a very good idea of the situation in Syria. It is your 'facts' that are not based in reality.