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Do you have to surf in a burqa?
Posted by: mcq on Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Apparently Iran is trying to attract European and American tourists (especially American tourists). Seems they think that's a fine way to "reach out to ordinary Americans to show that a standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions is with the Bush administration — not U.S. citizens."

That while the UN is mulling sanctions against Iran for violations of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

So that brings us to the pregnant question. If you did opt to go to Iran to visit, what would you do?

Captain Ed asks:
What would Americans do in the Islamic Republic — visit the Teheran embassy where Ahmadinejad and his cohorts kidnapped and held hostage dozens of Americans? Take a tour of the new nuclear power plants? Act as human shields?
Yessir, sign me up.

I was thinking a little adventure vacation. Para sailing? No, more like mock human wave attacks against tanks.

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You know how baseball teams run their fantasy training camps? Now you can visit the Hezbollah Fantasy Training Camp!
Written By: shark
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In Vietnam they let tourists shoot AK-47s.

I’m sure Iran has some neat toys to play with.
Written By: Don
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Maybe you can get a ride on a drone version of one of their new high speed torpedo?
Written By: looker
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Oh yeah, I can see this quickly becoming the "gay Mecca" of the Persian Gulf. Sign me up...NOT!
Written By: John
There’s a nude beach, right?
Written By: Pablo
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Arizona Cardinal fans could try a letter drop down that well near Qom.
Written By: unaha-closp
And then there’s the always popular twilight stroll to the square to watch the beheadings followed by a stoning or the hanging of a 15 year old for having sex before marriage ... your choice.
Written By: McQ
Americans go to China, don’t they? I’m sure there’s a host of unpleasant places one could try to poke one’s head into there.

I dunno, I think that as with China, and as (cough) with Cuba, engagement is a reasonable policy here. Let ’em get American tourists — and develop intertwined business relationships such that war would really be an undesirable option.
Written By: Mithras
Well, let’s see - there’s the wild night life, the bars, the dancing, the women - there’s the friendly natives in their colorful costumes, doing ancient ceremonial dances ("Kill the Infidel" is still a longtime favorite), ...

Mithras makes a good point - that cultural exchange leads to understanding, and understanding leads to peaceful relations. Unfortunately, I believe that there has to be some common ground. We’ll travel there, take photos, buy trinkets, if you come here and do the same.

It worked in Germany and Japan (among other places) after the War, but there was that common ground: Western civilization. With the Middle East, there is no common ground. They (at least the Iranian leaders) look forward to our destruction, to establishing the caliphate over the world - as it was meant to be, and would have been, but for that pesky pre-Frenchman, Charles Martel.

Written By: ZZMike
"It worked in Germany and Japan (among other places) after the War,"

Possibly because of those hundreds of thousands of permanent American tourists in their quaint little costumes and large American vehicles.
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i can’t wait until we attack those CHIMPS
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Iran has a plethora of interesting archaeological sites. Here’s an example of a tour of such:
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Well, I love archeology ZENO, but I think I will pass. I can see a bunch of Bush hating left wing tourists going there and then being seized by "students" and held hostage just to embarrass the US government.
Written By: kyle N
The worlds largest theme park. What shall we call it? They could have a contest to rename Iran.
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The title question seems pointless. I can only imagine Democrats going,...

...and Charlie don’t surf.

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
Written By: Tom Perkins
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The local grocery store has a skiing magazine in which Iran is the topic of the cover article. And I recently read something online about another "extreme sport" in the US - beating up the homeless (& "Bumfights" DVDs & so forth). And there is "peace tourism". Not to conflate these (g), but there may be real tourism opportunities there. If only we could figure out a way to export our idiots and not allow them back.
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