Darwin Award Supremo: Young American-Canadian couple went traveling by themselves in Afganistan, have been missing since October.
Not only that, but the woman (at least as of October 9 when she was last known to be alive) was pregnant and suffering from a liver ailment. Her father describes her as naive, adventuresome, idealistic, and with a humanitarian bent.
Let’s just call this couple Eloi on steroids.
Indeed, they remind me of nothing so much as Miss Havisham hitchhiking:
Pippa Bacca hitchhiking on her way to Turkey
where she was raped and murdered
Also, the story, from the AP, doesn’t explain how tourists can even get into Afghanistan, given that it’s at war and the most dangerous country on earth.
KABUL (AP)—The family of an ailing, pregnant American woman missing in Afghanistan with her Canadian husband has broken months of silence over the mysterious case, making public appeals for the couple’s safe return.
Daniel S., who sent the article, writes:
The conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage has repeatedly referred to liberalism as a mental disorder, and it would seem in this case he would be right. What sane, informed person would go trotting around Afghanistan as if it were a Vermont campground?A reader writes:
The couple in Afghanistan and Pippa Bacca are rather like Chloe McCardel, the woman who is planning to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.LA replies:
Though the story didn’t say so, perhaps there will be boat accompanying the swimmer and if sharks come near she will be lifted aboard.John T. writes:
I don’t consider this couple to be Eloi. They’re more like “idiots without borders.” Middle class waifs, fed, raised and educated on a diet of unquestioning empathy for other peoples and cultures. I can almost hear them twittering in an email to their friends about how delicious and nutritious the meagre helping of spicy, local food is and how happy the family are sitting on their dirt floor sipping tea and talking about their goat herd and the upcoming wedding between two first cousins, while the children are laughing noisily as they play with sticks and rocks outside, never clueing in that if it was white people doing this they’d be derisively referred to as hillbillies.LA replies:
I like “Idiots without Borders.” But how does one feel sympathy for people who behave so suicidally and end up dead? Their fate was the inevitable consequence of their reality-denying behavior; it’s what they were seeking, though they chose not to see that. For example, when we read of a youth who climbs on the outside of a subway train while it’s moving and gets killed, do we feel sympathy for him? We just give him a Darwin Award.Terry Morris writes:
I can feel some degree of sympathy for the couple themselves, while I’m absolutely unsympathetic toward their families back home. This is in the same sense that I was utterly unsympathetic toward the grieving family of the twelve-year-old Florida girl several years back, who was abducted, raped, and murdered while walking home ALONE from a friend’s house early one morning. While HER naivity was very much understandable, that of her parents was most certainly NOT. I looked upon them as complicit in her murder, and still do.LA replies:
The couple were in their late twenties (the woman was 27); their parents were not directly responsible for them. However, the woman’s father did not seem to have taken any interest in her daughter’s wanderings and whether what she was doing was safe. She may not even have told him that she and her husband were going to Afganistan.James P. writes:
Sheesh, we were talking about liberals not believing in self-defense, but they don’t even believe in the elementary act of self-defense involved in not traveling unaccompanied in Afghanistan.Larry T. writes:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 31, 2012 12:27 AM | Send