People have to cancel vacation plans as family members suffer

I probably shouldn’t even post this because I’m afraid that things are going to get very political, but let’s just remember that violence in the Middle East prevents people from visiting family on vacation:

“I was supposed to go to Lebanon for the first time in my entire life. It was my dream,” says eight-year old Olivia Abdallah.

She and her family were supposed to visit relatives this week in Beirut. But, her dream destination just may be the most volatile place on earth this week.

The family she was hoping to meet for the first time is caught in the middle–and can’t be reached by phone. And, the airport they were supposed to fly into has been badly damaged.

Ask her father why the violence erupted, and he’ll tell you it’s: “Dumb people, people that don’t know how to work for peace.”

I have a Jewish friend who likes to visit Israel often, but she has cancelled trips several times due to outbreaks of worse violence than usual.

I don’t want to point fingers at either side, I just want to remember that people over there are suffering. In turn, people who live with us and have family there also suffer.

As always, you may leave comments, but I may decide to moderate them more heavily than usual. Keep the comments clean and if you’re not sure, don’t comment.

By the way, this reminds me of an old blog entry, travel to the West Bank. I have very little information about traveling to Israel, Palestine, and Lebanon on this blog. If you have some you’d like to share with everyone, please email jtrotta@gmail.com

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  1. JUNE says:

    i AM SO SORRY TO HEAR YOU DAUGHTER HAS TO BE SO DISAPPOINTED DUE TO WHAT i AGREE WITH Y OU IS FOOLISH PEOPLE WHO JUST DON’T KNOW HOW TO BE PEACEFUL. Iknoq WHAT IT’S LIKE MY NIECE HAD TO DELAY HER TRIP TO ITALY A FULL YEAR BECAUSE OF9/11. SO MANY INNOCENT CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS SUFFER SO GREATLY BECAUSE OF ALL THE THE UNNECESSARY VIOLENCE IN THE WORLD. aLL WE CAN DO NOW IS PRAY FOR PEACE. I HOPE YOU MAKE YOUR VISIT SOON AND HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY. iT WILL BE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME FOR YOUR YOUNG DAUGHTER. SINCERELY, JUNE

  2. barbara says:

    I am sorry that your family is suffering. Things like this shouldn’t have to happen. I have two daughters and would very much like to take them abroad to many different places, but the fear of being american in other countries is too great to risk. I hope one day everyone will feel more secure about seeing the world that God made for us “all” to enjoy. God bless you.

  3. John Wall says:

    Barbara, don’t be paranoid about taking your daughters to see the world. There are countries where traveling with an american passport is asking for trouble, but there are lots of other places that are safer than back home. James metioned Korea, and I can add New Zealand, Scandinavian countries. In fact I would have no problem taking my daughter in any of the EU member countries.

  4. suzy young says:

    why can’t anyone wake up and realize that peace can only happen when there’s no discrimination, no occupation, and the US and Israel realize that other people have a right to live without being told how and what they should do with their lives. Or is it that you people can’t even find it in your heart to even say a prayer for all the Arabs and the muslims who are suffering for over 50 years on the hands of british, isreal, and the US. Enough distortion of the truth. See the facts and wake up. It’s not the muslims who do not want peace its israel and the US who want to control the world so their economies and their imperialistic agenda can flourish. 911 was done not by muslim terrirsts, but by the US goverment this was an inside job. I really hope the Americans will wake up and realize that muslims are not their enemies, their worst enemies lies whithin and the so called dearest ally ISRAEL.

  5. Mike P says:

    How can someone like Suzy Young be so ignorant? How can James Trotter let a post like hers be put up here? Does she know that the US economy still has not recovered since 9/11? I guess ignorance rules Suzy Youngs life!

  6. Margaret says:

    I agree with Mike P. People don’t even read the U.S. State Department’s advisories. If they did, they would see that travel to Lebanon was listed as questionable.

    Folks, Hezbollah, a terrorist organization is in Lebanon. Why would you want to go there in the first place? If you want to meet family, fly to a neutral country where you can meet and enjoy each other’s company.

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