I saw this on The Jawa Report this morning. The city of Basra, Iraq’s second largest city and main seaport, declared itself open to foreign visitors. However, along with that, it suggested all foreign visitors “be vigilant, dress like locals and hire armed escorts”. According to Iraq’s head of tourism, after all that, there’s a 70% to 80% chance you’ll be OK.
Personally, I think I’d enjoy a little time there, by myself. I mean, how hard could it be to fit in? I have a darker skin tone than most whiteys I know. I can grow a wicked wild beard, one almost like Saddam had. And I have plenty of towels to serve as turbins. I dun know the language though, so that could pose a problem.
But really, I don’t think I’d choose to go there. The city itself sounds pretty shitty after all the fighting. Here’s a little quote from The Jawa Report.
With the ever-present threats of kidnapping and assassination, Basra is surely a thrilling destination, however, tourists are cautioned that they will find the city’s “museums gutted, theatres shut, streets reeking with rubbish and sewage and waterways littered with capsized vessels, including Saddam Hussein’s yacht.”