It had to come. With adventure tourism now passé, something new — something really scary — was needed to make the suburbanite's heart beat faster. And what could be more sure to do that than terror tourism? As the above ad says, this is the "ultimate" experience. Just imagine taking the "Hamas terrorist trail", and knowing that you are walking in the footsteps of some of the "worst of the worst" on Planet Earth — every one of them a candidate for incarceration at Guantanamo Bay. Or peering through (or over?) a "security fence" at the denizens of the Gaza Strip as they go about such daily chores as planting mines and making the deadly rockets that imperil not only the "Jewish state" but the future of "civilization as we know it".
My only surprise is that Islamic State, with all its vaunted mastery of the modern media, hasn't already thought of this. After all, look at how much more it has to offer. The adventurer could attend the beheading of a hostage, and later cast a discerning eye over the "goods" at a Raqqa slave market. Or, if he fancied a more energetic activity, he could swing a sledgehammer and deftly demolish some priceless artifact from 500BCE. Yes, if Caliphate Escorted Tours is ever listed on the Mosul Stock Exchange, I'll waste no time in investing my hard-earned dinars in it. I know a winning business enterprise when I see one. — Editorial written by Alan Ireland, March 14, 2015.
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