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Welcome and Iraq weapons[edit]

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Hello!

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I always advocate for telling people you can't always be protected by security personnel, it's unfortunate, but true. Turn to CNN any day of the week and all you hear is: 10 people in Najaf killed by insurgents, the Ministry of Education stormed by militants, 128 killed in a Baghdad market bombing, 3 coalition troops killed by an IED, insurgents kidnapped a British contractor and killed his bodyguards. Its unfortunate that even the government and "coalition" troops cannot protect anyone. I adhere to the school that promotes "Thou shalt not kill", rather than the "Thou shalt not murder" school, but a clear line is drawn when it comes to self defense. I, personally, would be prepared for anything..., but that's my choice and I feel, with regards to Iraq, anyone should also prepared for the absolute worse. If you're already a target why not try to save yourself? Anyhow, whatever the consensus is I do thank you for providing your insight and if I may ask by any chance do you know of any credible and reputable protection agencies in Iraq? If you would provide that information with contact information I'd be more willing to reconsider my position. Thanks. -- Andrew H. (Sapphire) 23:34, 3 February 2007 (EST)

Spelling[edit]

You requested help with spelling...I don't know if this is useful, but the Mozilla Firefox browser has an automatic spell check, which is very helpful when typing directly onto web sites like these. Free down load: Firefox 2. WindHorse 08:45, 17 February 2007 (EST)

No problem. Actually, your writing and spelling is fine. You are doing a great job. WindHorse 09:57, 17 February 2007 (EST)

Israel[edit]

I've again reverted the addition of "unilaterally annexed" to the Israel article. I don't disagree that it's a fact, but that article is a magnet for political edits, and per Wikitravel:Be fair#Political disputes we try to say the minimum needed by a traveler in cases where subjects are political to avoid edit wars. To use an analogy, one could state that the United States was founded by a bunch of slave owners who arrived and promptly murdered the majority of the native inhabitants, but while true such a description is likely to inflame passions rather than aid the traveler. -- Ryan 11:48, 28 February 2007 (EST)

Kuwait[edit]

I'm going to restore the eat section that you have cleared out of Kuwait. The contributor did not format it well, but it is a lot of information that can easily be reformatted rather than just be lost. --NJR_ZA 16:58, 5 March 2007 (EST)

Taiping zoo[edit]

Just curious - why did you remove the e-mail address [1] ? ~ 60.51.8.83 11:24, 24 April 2007 (EDT)

It's probably going to be on the zoo's website. Generally it's better not to have piles and piles of links --MiddleEastern 11:25, 24 April 2007 (EDT)
Thanks. Any idea where the policy/guidelines for this are? ~ 60.51.8.83 11:31, 24 April 2007 (EDT)
Try Wikitravel:Policy, most of them are included there --MiddleEastern 11:33, 24 April 2007 (EDT)
Actually, that's not quite true. Yes, we don't want "piles and piles of links", which is why we try to put as much information as possible in the articles. This includes phone numbers, email, prices, etc., even if that information is available on a website. One of WT's goals is to be a printable travel guide. -- Fastestdogever 12:04, 24 April 2007 (EDT)
Thanks again. Can't find anything in Wikitravel:Policy that suggests the e-mail address shouldn't be given, and Wikitravel:Attraction listings says "When listing things to See or Do in a destination, use the following format ... Name of Attraction, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible)". Someone else has already restored the e-mail [2] - hope that's OK. ~ 60.51.8.127 05:59, 25 April 2007 (EDT)

North Korea[edit]

There's a long discussion about North Korea on Talk:North Korea. Please don't revert the page again without a discussion. --Evan 10:57, 27 June 2007 (EDT)

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