Michael Totten is at it again. This time he and a friend decide to take a whirlwind trip of about 1,000 miles in Turkey in winter -- from Istanbul to Kurdish Iraq. Oh yes, they have to do it in three days! These are the links to Parts One , Two , and Three of the saga. Totten observes at the end of Part One:
"Sometimes it seems like everyone in the Middle East hates everyone else in the Middle East. Arabs hate Kurds and Israelis. Turks hate Arabs and Kurds. Kurds hate Turks and fear Arabs. (Interestingly, Kurds love Israelis.) Everyone, especially Lebanese, hates Palestinians.
Not all people are haters. I've met plenty who aren't. But every culture has its baseline prejudices that individuals either opt into or out of. It’s exhausting. Sometimes I just want to shake people and say: Keep your old-world ethnic squabbling out of my face, willya please? Jesus, no wonder there’s so much war around here. Even so, Middle Easterners are the most friendly and charming people I've ever met."
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