Such was the case for me when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of
Regardless of what you believe about the constant upheaval that permeates the Middle East, there can be no dispute that
Our opinions of events in that region are most often shaped by the images we see on television or information we gather from newspapers or the internet. Less often do we actually go to such destinations, and no amount of media can be as powerful or as life altering as a personal visit.
If a traveler truly desires to have a better grasp of the cultural differences and perspectives of other nations, the best way to achieve that is to individually immerse yourself into that environment.
As personal disclosure, I lived in
My perspectives today are constantly evolving, but they are the result of living in a destination, interacting with its people, extensive reading and personal observations. Every effort was made to absorb the culture through my pores.
Way back in 1948 when
By contrast, when you venture into bordering areas that share the same region, you quickly notice that, by comparison, little has been accomplished. The desert still dominates. Cities are less than contemporary. These are places where the past reflects the future.
A visitor doesn’t need to be influenced by outside sources. All that is required is simple observation. One needs only to look around.
For me, travel is more than fancy hotels or seaside resorts. Travel is also people. Cultures. History. Traditions. Heritage.
I have walked through the teeming impoverished streets of Port au
I have seen the lines in
There was the day I spent an afternoon with a Russian family in their apartment in
Throngs of beggars and street hawkers have swarmed me in
One night in
Then there was the day I spent several hours in a Saudi jail just for taking a picture of a mosque.
Any way you look at the above examples, these are not situations we encounter during our daily lives in the United States.Today, Islam accounts for about 1.6 billion people, or approximately 20 percent of the world population. Muslims love to tout their accomplishments, yet since the Nobel Prizes were established in 1895, only seven Muslims have received an award, including Yaser Arafat who got the Peace Prize even though he was a known terrorist.
Compare that to the Jewish community which numbers approximately 16-million and accounts for about .02 percent of people on earth. Their contribution during the same period of time is 129 Nobel Prizes.
The numbers don’t lie.
Barack Obama turns his back on
Listen to Benjamin Netanyahu’s warnings. It doesn’t take genius or a diplomat to recognize that the looming danger in the Middle East combined with the lack of leadership by a dishonest, uninvolved, disinterested president (except as it relates to his re-election) is a major concern for our country.
If you don’t believe it, just take some time to travel to other parts of the world for yourself. As the old expression goes, “seeing is believing.”
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in
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