Knoxville man travels to home country...

Knoxville man travels to home country of Iraq

There are 26 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Apr 11, 2008, titled Knoxville man travels to home country of Iraq. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

A Knoxville man just got back from a two-week trip to Iraq. It took 19 hours to travel one way, from Knoxville, to Chicago, to Amman, Jordan to northern Iraq.

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johnny

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Apr 11, 2008
wild trip
wow

United States

#2 Apr 12, 2008
this is news? what? they didn't interupt the today show to bring us this breaking news story.
IZMP

Johnson City, TN

#3 Apr 12, 2008
How about: "Amercicans return home after trip to Iraq"?

That would be a nice story...
Laura - Haiti

Haiti

#5 Apr 12, 2008
This WAS a nice story! I am originally from Clinton but now live overseas. Granted, it was my choice to live outside the U.S. but I do understand about being homesick and the importance of going back home. This man lived in a country that afforded him no opportunity for a good life and he came here to have the same chances that everyone should have. It sounds like he has only made positive contributions to the U.S. and Knoxville. Give the guy a break!

Since: Feb 08

Nashville, TN

#6 Apr 12, 2008
Wow I'm amazed!
For anyone who wants to know, I live in South Knoxville but am originally from Seymour and will be traveling there today. Mabye I should call and tell the tv station.
Goodbye

Fairview, TN

#7 Apr 12, 2008
Well hopefully he will not be coming back and i hope he took his neighbors that was living here also back with him.
As far as living in a country with no opportunity, well that is too damn bad! We are living in a country where the economy sux, jobs are lost, etc. If they want to solve the problem, tell them to quit producing children there then you would not have as much population, would not have food or water shortages. These other countries are none of ouy buisness and we need to leave them alone and fight and fend to theirselves!!
Nobody could not pay me any amount of money to go live or visit another country, i would not care if someone offered me 1 trillion dollars i would NOT live or visit another country.
Laura - Haiti

Haiti

#8 Apr 12, 2008
Armed Citizen wrote:
Wow I'm amazed!
For anyone who wants to know, I live in South Knoxville but am originally from Seymour and will be traveling there today. Mabye I should call and tell the tv station.
You are rude and not nearly as funny as you think you are.
BLC

Atlanta, GA

#9 Apr 12, 2008
Goodbye wrote:
Well hopefully he will not be coming back and i hope he took his neighbors that was living here also back with him.
As far as living in a country with no opportunity, well that is too damn bad! We are living in a country where the economy sux, jobs are lost, etc. If they want to solve the problem, tell them to quit producing children there then you would not have as much population, would not have food or water shortages. These other countries are none of ouy buisness and we need to leave them alone and fight and fend to theirselves!!
Nobody could not pay me any amount of money to go live or visit another country, i would not care if someone offered me 1 trillion dollars i would NOT live or visit another country.
All I can say is "WOW".
Laura - Haiti

Haiti

#10 Apr 12, 2008
Goodbye wrote:
Well hopefully he will not be coming back and i hope he took his neighbors that was living here also back with him.
As far as living in a country with no opportunity, well that is too damn bad! We are living in a country where the economy sux, jobs are lost, etc. If they want to solve the problem, tell them to quit producing children there then you would not have as much population, would not have food or water shortages. These other countries are none of ouy buisness and we need to leave them alone and fight and fend to theirselves!!
Nobody could not pay me any amount of money to go live or visit another country, i would not care if someone offered me 1 trillion dollars i would NOT live or visit another country.
I actually do agree that it is important to help people in your own country. But the U.S. is so blessed and well-developed. The majority of the world doesn't live that way and it is not their fault. Why can't we help people that are starving to death even if they don't live near us? There are people here in Haiti that are eating MUD to survive (if you call that surviving) There is nothing in the States that could ever compare to how people in third world countries have to live. Am I the only one out there that feels that way? And if this man were from another country, would anyone have a problem with him living in Knoxville?
BLC

Atlanta, GA

#11 Apr 12, 2008
Laura - Haiti wrote:
<quoted text>I actually do agree that it is important to help people in your own country. But the U.S. is so blessed and well-developed. The majority of the world doesn't live that way and it is not their fault. Why can't we help people that are starving to death even if they don't live near us? There are people here in Haiti that are eating MUD to survive (if you call that surviving) There is nothing in the States that could ever compare to how people in third world countries have to live. Am I the only one out there that feels that way? And if this man were from another country, would anyone have a problem with him living in Knoxville?
No, it is the overall prejudice shown toward Middle Eastern immigrants. The Americans, I am one, love to blame. They blame everyone else in the world when something goes wrong in thier lives or with our country. I do feel we should help others, but not at the expense of helping ourselves first. I do not feel this is a bad mindset to have. What we are spending in one month killing people in Iraq we could provide quality health insurance for every uninsured American for a year. Our people are dying, and I appreciate their sacrifice 100%. I only wish they were fighting for a worthy cause, not to continuously defend our country for interfering in a country we had no business going into in the first place.

People need to remember, unless they are Native American, that we are all decendants of immigrants.
always believe

AOL

#12 Apr 12, 2008
Goodbye wrote:
Well hopefully he will not be coming back and i hope he took his neighbors that was living here also back with him.
As far as living in a country with no opportunity, well that is too damn bad! We are living in a country where the economy sux, jobs are lost, etc. If they want to solve the problem, tell them to quit producing children there then you would not have as much population, would not have food or water shortages. These other countries are none of ouy buisness and we need to leave them alone and fight and fend to theirselves!!
Nobody could not pay me any amount of money to go live or visit another country, i would not care if someone offered me 1 trillion dollars i would NOT live or visit another country.
A little narrow-minded huh! As long as he's here LEGALLY, he's more than welcome.
Laura - Haiti

Haiti

#13 Apr 12, 2008
BLC wrote:
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No, it is the overall prejudice shown toward Middle Eastern immigrants. The Americans, I am one, love to blame. They blame everyone else in the world when something goes wrong in thier lives or with our country. I do feel we should help others, but not at the expense of helping ourselves first. I do not feel this is a bad mindset to have. What we are spending in one month killing people in Iraq we could provide quality health insurance for every uninsured American for a year. Our people are dying, and I appreciate their sacrifice 100%. I only wish they were fighting for a worthy cause, not to continuously defend our country for interfering in a country we had no business going into in the first place.
People need to remember, unless they are Native American, that we are all decendants of immigrants.
Well said. I totally agree about the health insurance. People need to keep working to make the U.S. a better country. In the meantime, don't forget so many places have nothing and when I say nothing I mean no toilets, electricity, any services at all from the govt, and of course, food. I cannot understand living in a country that has so much and turning a blind eye to people starving to death. Of course, the U.S. is not perfect but it is paradise compared with most of the rest of the world. What is the unemployment rate in the U.S. now? 5 or 6%? It is 70% here in Haiti and I imagine it is much the same in many other countries. We are getting way off topic here. To the man from Iraq that this story is about - Don't pay attention to most of the people on this post. To the rest of you - do remember most of you are the descendants of immigrants and try to think about life outside your own little world.
Laura - Haiti

Haiti

#14 Apr 12, 2008
always believe wrote:
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A little narrow-minded huh! As long as he's here LEGALLY, he's more than welcome.
Thank goodness! I was starting to think everyone in East TN felt like these people!
Leslie in Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

#15 Apr 12, 2008
What a teriffic story. We should email it to everyone we know who think Saddam "Insane" should still be in power. Funny how those protesting Tibet's situation were silent to the slaugher, torture, mass murder, and other atrocities he conducted for 30+ years in Iraq.

Our poorest, here, are considered wealthy compared to 85% of the world.

I applaud he & his wife's courage, tenacity and gumption to put down new roots here. ETenn is lucky to have them.
Leslie in Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

#16 Apr 12, 2008
Armed Citizen wrote:
Wow I'm amazed!
For anyone who wants to know, I live in South Knoxville but am originally from Seymour and will be traveling there today. Mabye I should call and tell the tv station.
Ditto, Laura. His ignorance glows.
Tim

Franklin, TN

#17 Apr 12, 2008
He should of stayed there.

Since: Feb 08

Nashville, TN

#18 Apr 12, 2008
Laura - Haiti wrote:
<quoted text>You are rude and not nearly as funny as you think you are.
Oh trust me, I'm every bit as funny as I think I am.
Laura - Haiti

Haiti

#19 Apr 12, 2008
Armed Citizen wrote:
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Oh trust me, I'm every bit as funny as I think I am.
I doubt it! You didn't deny you are rude though.

Since: Feb 08

Nashville, TN

#20 Apr 12, 2008
Leslie in Knoxville wrote:
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Ditto, Laura. His ignorance glows.
Awesome! Glowing ignorance. OH YEAH ignorance means uninformed, what am I uninformed about?
For real though it is all well and good that this guy went to visit his family. And it's cool that he chooses to live in the U.S., and even in Ktown. I just don't see why it is in the news.
Roger That

Rock Island, TN

#21 Apr 12, 2008
Armed Citizen wrote:
Wow I'm amazed!
For anyone who wants to know, I live in South Knoxville but am originally from Seymour and will be traveling there today. Mabye I should call and tell the tv station.
LOLOL. dork.

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