Fred, who understands that the way to a girl's heart is through a savvy grasp of international politics, pointed me toward this story this morning:
American Tourists in Iraq Arrested by Iranian Troops on Border
Didja know Kurdistan has a resort city? Hmm, learn something new every day.
Actually, thanks to USAToday, I did know that "the Kurdish area of Iraq" is a somewhat popular tourist destination. It's been a relatively calm area for some time now, attempted genocide notwithstanding.
Still, wouldn't you think folks would be knowledgeable of the current political situation with Iran and super careful about getting anywhere near that country's border? Granted, there's a pretty good chance that the incursion was on the Iranians' part and not the tourists', but it takes a special sort of dumbass to risk detention like that.
Unlike some folks in the Democratic Underground, though, I don't think they were "hiking on the CIA payroll." That's a bit nutty even for those folks, don't you think? I mean, nothing says covert operation quite like sparking an international incident.
That said, how do you think they'll manage to blame this one on George Bush?