Common sense is not a flower that grows in everyone’s garden. When someone warns you about something, they may actually know something you do not.
Yesterday The Gateway Pundit posted an article about bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin. They announced in 2017 that they would be going on an international trip to “try to break the stigma around travelling to countries which get a bad rap in the media.” What could possibly go wrong?
Last Thursday, the BBC reported:
Two Australian citizens detained in Iran have been identified as Jolie King and Mark Firkin.
Ms King, who also holds a UK passport, and Mr Firkin were blogging their travels in Asia and the Middle East.
They were reportedly arrested 10 weeks ago near Tehran but news of the arrest, and that of another British-Australian woman, came to light on Wednesday.
Australia said it had repeatedly raised their cases with Tehran, including in a meeting between officials last week.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she had lobbied on their behalf in a meeting with her Iranian counterpart.
She described the detentions as “a matter of deep concern” on Thursday, and confirmed that assistance had been offered to the families of the three detainees.
“[We] hope to see Mark and Jolie safely home as soon as possible,” their families said on Thursday.
The situation comes amid growing tensions between the West and Iran.
Several dual nationals have been detained in Iran in recent years, including the British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Relations between the UK and Iran have also been strained in recent months by a row over the seizure of oil tankers in the Gulf.
I guess maybe the media discourages people from traveling to certain places for a reason. We need to remember that not every country in the world plays by the same rules.