Ah boy! I know I haven't done an "Eediat Ting dat" in a few months but well sometimes things just happen that so neatly fall into this category that well I just cant let them slide.
Not sure if you guys heard about this but the story can be read here. For those who don't want to check the link let me break it down to you as such.
This young guy, Hassan somebody or the other, 16 year old high school student in Florida, left his nice home in the USA a few weeks back and traveled all the way to Iraq on his own.
He had recently studied immersion journalism at school and decided he wanted to go to Iraq and immerse himself to have a better understanding of how the people there lived.
Now mind you although my yout's parents are Iraqi he was born and raised in North America has never been there and speaks not one iota of the local languages.
Did that stop him? Nope my boy buy a plane ticket to Kuwait, hire a taxi to go to Iraq, got turned back at the border, then called his parents who shocked that he was there convinced him to go to Lebanon to stay with some of their friends and then come back to the US. Somehow from Lebanon my boy ended up in Iraq where he spent a few anxious days totally out of place before turning himself into journalists or the army who took him to the US authorities and now he is on his way back to Florida.
Now before I give my take on this let me say that they claim he is an idealistic young fella. He was raised in a fairly rich household and his parents gave him a Infiniti worth 50Gs on his 16th birthday. I guess I could take the clueless rich kid angle here if I wanted then. He apparently was also pretty smart at school.
Anyway rich or not I believe the correct bajan term for this youngster would be 'poppit', 'johnny' or 'good pieca idiot'. That is the only way to describe this young man. Idealistic? Nope that fella head bad! Imagine I'm going to leave my nice little sheltered life in the US with my Infiniti car and my nice house to just on a whim go to Iraq. What was it Elephant man say "Mad sick, head nuh good!" Seriously that boy got issues, he needs medical help swiftly. I mean its not like he aint had internet access in the US. Research the place man. You read reports about bombings, kidnappings and the like in Iraq from numerous sources and you don't speak the language why would you just pick up, not tell anyone where you are headed and go there? Oh you had to see for yourself? You are 16 for crying out loud act your age instead of acting like a 10 year old. Supposed you had gotten kidnapped over there now what would you have to say for yourself?
I read that the parents say when he come back he getting grounded. He waste out my money to fly halfway round the world and all he getting is grounded? He wanted to be immersed in Iraq well if he had West Indian parents he tail would get immerse in some hot lashes when he reach back in Florida.
This kid acted like Iraq was some sort of exotic adventure, a safari of sorts. And they still claim he is smart? I guess it just goes to show as I always heard growing up 'Book smarts aint common sense'. Clearly this lad is lacking in common sense. Eediat ting dat!