Apr. 3rd, 2006
I was reading an article about how onerous US visa requirements have become for most visitors. The article in question dealt with the Hallé cancelling a US tour because they calculated that it would cost ₤45,000 to get the necessary visas. One is, of course, used to silliness from the Department of Homeland Paranoia but shutting out European tourists, cultural groups, journalists and so on seems to do little to reduce the risk of another bomb attack on the USA. And then I got it. In the dialect of Merkan spoken in Bush's White House "terrorist" and "tourist" are virtual homophones. Silly us for not catching on to the "War on Tourism".