I wonder whether he’ll get to write the story

High school junior decides to spend Christmas break doing immersion journalism in Iraq

Without telling his parents, or with any fluency in Arabic.

Still, stupid as it may be to take off for Iraq with little prep and less knowledge and no permission, I admire the guy more than not. I hope that, even as he gains the skills to do it right next time, he hangs on to the idealism and willingness to follow through on same that led him to head there in the first place.

I mean, it takes guts and some serious follow-through, to make your way from Fort Lauderdale to Baghdad on your own at 16.

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