Many of the 25,000 Americans stranded in Lebanon during the first few days of the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict are carping that the U.S. didn't act fast enough to rescue them. Other countries reacted faster, some say.
Well, aside from the fact that other countries might have been better positioned geographically and logistically to move into the region, my question is bigger: Who's dumb enough to vacation in a war zone -- and the Middle East is one big war zone these days -- and then complain that they weren't rescued fast enough?
Various reports list 25,000 American nationals in Lebanon, but nobody has yet come up with a firm figure on how many of those are actually interested in being evacuated. One TV report said "about 10,000," but it remains unclear. I don't oppose sending U.S. ships, planes and helicopters to get them out, but their whining about the timing is wearing thin. They picked a treacherous place for holiday, and it just ain't gonna be a four-star experience. Going to Libya would have been safer, fergawdsakes.
It just goes to show ... a lot of people only think they're adventurous.