Quoting TheNuge:" i have a very opinionated, ball-buster friend who went to Pakistan to vaccinate kids about 6 weeks ago. ... [snip!] ... he made it and he said it was great and the people were wonderful. Prior to the trip, he did not think highly of the citizens."
Quoting MysticWitchKat:" Well I mean in general, even in places without religion. Some places seem to be able to do it, and others seem to have issues."
Quoting MysticWitchKat:" I think often people forget that the people in those countries are just like any others. "My main problem is that I have an Om tattoo on my wrist and the flag of India tattooed right above it and well, India and Pakistan don't really get along. It also might be different in the larger cities, but I'm going to be studying religious sites in the conservative Islamic border regions.
Quoting TheNuge:" <blockquote><b>Quoting khigh:</b>" My main problem is that I have an Om tattoo on my ... [snip!] ... activity."</blockquote> I have some elegant, long gloves that you may don while there. Shall I mail them out?"
Quoting khigh:" Oh no, I'm a huge fan of Israel. I'm talking about the Islamist countries (Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt, etc). If only we could figure out how to do this: "
Quoting Salad Fingers:" I really hope this isn't how everyone on BG feels. Not everyone in the Middle East is a terrorist or ... [snip!] ... to squander wealth and/or place fear in the hearts of the citizens who want to uprise against their unjust governments. "
Quoting khigh:" The Taliban is not the government. Al Qaeda is not the government. The rebels are not the government. ... [snip!] ... the airport? Hell yeah. I speak Farsi and I do listen in on conversations when I can. I also have a few Turkish Muslim friends."
Quoting Salad Fingers:" No, they aren't, but I am not talking about them. They are the minority. I am talking about the official, ... [snip!] ... because at one time, we were a very important and intelligent race which developed many things that people still use today."
Quoting TheNuge:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Salad Fingers:</b>" I really hope this isn't how everyone ... [snip!] ... anti-government groups organize, they aren't the peace and freedom-loving kind. Look at Egypt, Gaza, Sudan, Libya and Syria."
Quoting khigh:" Yeah....500+ years ago. And, I don't really care if the people want to blow each other up over there. ... [snip!] ... Iran, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, etc. The people of Egypt brought this smurf on themselves. THEY elected Assad."