Friday, December 30, 2005

Unaccompanied US Teen Skips School, Heads for Iraq

Remember the good old days when a kid skipped school to hang out at the video arcade or the mall or a number of other fun places where the threat of being kidnapped and beheaded were lower than the world's collective IQ?
And he was unaccompanied. Yeah, like there's thousands of people getting in line for a scenic tour of Fallujah.

"And if you look to your right you'll see what we like to call Sunni insurgents. If we're lucky we may be able to spot the endangered members of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist network."

Sixteen-year-old Farris Hassan says he went to Iraq without his parents' permission in order to pursue his interest in news reporting, cultivated in a high school journalism class.

Well, at least he's pretty much guaranteed a good grade. What kid takes that kind of initiative these days? It won't be easy to follow his class presentation of his video diary of his stroll through war-torn Baghdad slums and interviews with insurgent mortar teams with your paper on why the Dunkin Doughnuts down the street makes better iced coffee than the Quick Check.

The student from Florida bought a $900 plane ticket, skipped school, and left the United States on December 11th, arriving in Iraq on a flight from Lebanon.
The AP reports the boy's parents are from Iraq, but have lived in the United States for more than 30 years.
Farris speaks only English and called attention to himself with his trendy Western attire. He says his travels took him to Kuwait, Lebanon and Baghdad.

Nothing like walking through Baghdad with a 50 Cent and G-Unit hoodie on, blasting your IPod while you try to avoid getting human feces on your brand new Kobe Bryant sneakers. Fuck calling attention to yourself, that's like wearing a neon sign that says "I'm American" and betting everyone you see five hundred US dollars they can't shoot you in the face.

I don't know what to think about this. The "Man" part of me wants to award this kid the biggest-set-of-iron-testicles medal and the "parent" in me thinks that maybe he should have been chained to the water heater in his parents basement.
Maybe he should be grounded for a Disneyland. In all honesty, he's a go-getter. Regardless that he almost went and got killed, that kid is either going to grow up and get a high paying Journalist job or he'll end up blindfolded on Al-Jazeera asking America to get out of Iran. You know, sometime down the road.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please take that boys passport away, another rich kid trying to make a point.
please put him in uniform with a rifle and a helmet and he could write a nice term paper over a year in country.
Idiot! everybody's trying to get out of that hell hole and he's go's there.
good pickup Mad Man.

January 04, 2006 11:56 AM  

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