News | Chechnya: A Vacation Paradise?

20 Dec

The BBC reported Wednesday that war torn Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia that made headline news after the Beslan school tragedies in Russia, is opening its doors to tourism. Although the British foreign office and the United States sternly warn against travel to Chechnya, the region’s leader touts its country as a tourist’s paradise off the beaten path, (although a path lined with land mines was not mentioned).
Following Chechnya’s lead, war torn Sudan has decided that they too will open doors to tourists, boasting their unique environment of deserts, mountains, swamps and rain forests. When asked if he thought the humanitarian crisis in Darfur may prevent tourists from enjoying a vacation, the region’s leader replied “I have no doubt that if the UN, the United States, and the European Union can turn a blind eye to the genocide, then surely a tourist can do so as well.”
Various sources asked Iraq’s leader if he too would consider tourism as a form of revenue for his country.
“You know, it’s funny you mention that,” he said, “Mr. Bush just recently brought that up as an idea to ‘stay the course,’ but we just guffawed and said ‘You get us every time, Mr. Bush!’ ”
Other countries, which shall remain nameless, had also considered following in the footsteps of Chechnya, until they realized that Chechnya was welcoming “tourists” and not “terrorists.”

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2 Responses to “News | Chechnya: A Vacation Paradise?”

  1. Anonymous December 27, 2006 at 11:42 PM #

    Chechnya is actually at the top of my list to visit this year!

  2. Anonymous January 17, 2007 at 5:32 AM #

    I am not only going to vacation in Chechnya; I am going to buy real estate there, and perhaps escape the realities that plague my life. Of course, I could step on a land mine as I play “Red Rover, Red Rover, can you come over”, and just blow back to the nightmare that is my life.

    I am not depressed; just venting.

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