none of them sinister or necessarily connected to any covert actions.
...she had lot's of interviews, and so far as I can tell, not one interviewer asked her the question, why did you choose that area to hike in? Not one. I would have thought that would be the first question to ask.
Quote:...she had lot's of interviews, and so far as I can tell, not one interviewer asked her the question, why did you choose that area to hike in? Not one. I would have thought that would be the first question to ask.
I've read at least one account by Sarah in which she gave a somewhat plausible explanation. Once they'd decided upon Northern Iraq as a destination and arrived there, they inquired about hiking trails, learning of a village with a waterfall that was something of a tourist attraction for locals. According to Sarah, they spent the night in the village after dining and talking with some villagers and tourists, and the following morning asked about good places to hike.
She said the language was somewhat of a problem, but they managed 'fairly' well. They were given directions to an area even further north that was said to have good trails. She didn't mention having or looking at a map which is odd to me, since it might have shown the proximity of Iran to the area. Who travels without a map in unfamiliar areas? She also didn't mention anything about any warnings given about how close they'd be to the border, but as you suggest, she wasn't asked about that. I guess it's possible that it was mentioned and due to the language barrier, it wasn't understood?
Lots of unanswered questions, but with her friends still held there, maybe she's uncomfortable releasing too many details.
Sarah's explanation for choosing that destination was that it is well known that the area was relatively peaceful and was not considered to be a war zone. She'd been living and working in Syria at the time, along with her fiance. She said that they had problems with the Kurdish language (none of them spoke/understood it), but I got the impression that they managed well enough in their travels with what she described as a limited knowledge of Arabic.
I understand your skepticism. There are gaps to be filled in. We'll probably have to buy the book.
Depends on your perspective, I guess.
There are certainly stranger places to vacation.
Or I guess one could say, equally as strange....depending upon one's perspective.
It wouldn't be if the USA hadn't made such an enemy out of Iran with their gross and deeply immoral interference in the country's governance and life.
What in the world has that to do with it?
Quote:What in the world has that to do with it?
Iran would not be justifiably concerned about American CIA and Americans could easily visit Iran and be warmly welcomed. When you've **** all over people, they're, again, justifiably reticent to want you noseying around their home.