Monday, February 19, 2007

Terrorism as tourism

You had to know it was going to happen. When something is hyped to the extent that Terraism™ is, you just know someone, (other than Halliburton), is going to try to make money from it. From the Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) comes a new form of extreme tourism.
Experience a dynamic and intensive eight day exploration of Israel's struggle for survival and security in the Middle East today
  • Briefings by Mossad officials and Shin Bet commanders.
  • Briefing by officers in the IDF intelligence and operations branches.
  • Inside tour of the IAF units who carry out targeted killings.
  • Live exhibition of penetration raids in Arab territory.
  • Observe a trial of Hamas terrorists in an IDF military court.
  • First hand tours of Lebanese front-line military positions and the Gaza border check-points.
  • Inside tour of the controversial security fence and secret intelligence bases.
  • Meeting Israel's Arab agents who infiltrate the terrorist groups and provide real-time intelligence.
  • Briefing by Israel's war heros who saved the country.
  • Meetings with senior Cabinet Ministers and other key policymakers.
  • Small airplane tour of the Galilee, Jeep rides in the Golan hights, (sic) water activities on Lake Kinneret, a cook-out barbecue and a Shabbat enjoying the rich religious and historic wonders of Jerusalem's Old City.
I know. Hard to resist. And all this for US $1,895. (Plus airfare)

The actual itinerary contains even more spectacular features. Hotels, meals, a moonlight boat cruise on the Galilee and cable car rides up on the Lebanese border are all included.

One of the highlights of the eight day experience is a tour of Sderot, the Israeli city on the border with Gaza which is "under constant mortar attack by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza."

Lunch afterwards.

Really, this is too much to pass up. I'm thinking someone should send a correspondent who can perhaps, live-blog the entire thing. Someone who can send material back laced with keen wit and pithy insights. Jonah Goldberg would be perfect.

For once he could get real briefings from real briefers. Someone with "superior judgment when it comes to the big picture" would be able to give us something that is enlightening and entertaining at the same time.

There is the small matter of a donation to Shurat HaDin. The demand is for a donation of anywhere from $500 to $5,000, but you do get a tax receipt. Once again, the Doughy Pantload is perfectly positioned to carry this off since he has $1,000 more than he expected to have at this point of the year. And, it's war-related!

Here's hoping.

Oh, and be careful. If the mortars at Sderot don't get you, there's a good chance the menu at Meato's will.

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