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Friday, January 5, 2018
Wha, wha, wha, WHAT?
Wha, wha, wha, WHAT?
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little knowledge on the subject opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, but they are wrong. As always, please, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid-head!
Have you ever read a news story and suddenly said to yourself “What the hell!” Something just doesn’t make sense, and yet the news article glosses over it like it is not the least bit unusual. I just saw this article:
Joshua Boyle, held captive by Taliban-linked group for years, arrested in Canada
This person has been arrested for sexual assault. A serious charge, but what got my attention was the story of his captivity by the Taliban. I did not remember hearing of this case before.
It seems that the Canadian Mr. Boyle, his American wife and their three children were abducted in 2012 and held captive by the Taliban for five years.
Interesting and horrifying to think about.
What were they doing to be abducted by the Taliban? Well the news article rather simply says,
“Boyle, his wife and three children* were held for five years after being abducted during a backpacking trip in Afghanistan in October 2012."
I’ll pause for a moment for that to settle in.
Hmmm hmmm, la de da, la de da. Dum de dum de dum…
Bother anyone yet?
A man, his wife and THREE CHILDREN decided to take a backpacking trip in AFGANISTAN!! THREE CHILDREN…AFGANISTAN…BACKPACK? And, did I mention his wife was SEVEN MONTHS PREGNANT?
A picture of the man shows him sporting a strap on beard and the “crazy eyes” that are so familiar in your everyday mass murderer…I’m just sayin.
That is all the article said about this, as if this abduction could happen to anyone.
I asked Mrs. C,
“What would you like to do for vacation this year? I was thinking about camping.”
“Sure, I love camping…where?
“I was thinking that Afghanistan would be lovely this time of year, we could take all the kids and backpack through the mountains.”
“Sure, that sounds nice, but maybe we should wait UNTIL I’M SEVEN MONTHS PREGNANT!!!”
You probably think that conversation never happened. You’re right.
That conversation has never happened ever to anyone in any context whatsoever, and yet the news article glosses over this part of the story like this family was going on a picnic.
I wonder what the real story is. Was he taking his family to join the Taliban? Was he a spy, was he just the craziest mother flocker in the world?
The media does not seem to care, they are satisfied that this nice Canadian man, his pregnant wife and three children were on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan.
Sometimes the curiosity of news reporters is simply underwhelming.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.
*Research finds I may have read this wrong, the wife was pregnant, but the children were born during captivity. (Also, somewhat curious.)