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How to Get Out of Trouble in Syria

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How Americans can get out of trouble in Syria

Before departing from my couchsurfing host in Aleppo he gave me a gift.

“If you ever get into any trouble with anyone for being an American in Syria, just show them this,” he said as he handed me a cigarette lighter.

I was puzzled, as his gift seemed to just be a normal cigarette lighter that had a little LED flashlight sticking out of the bottom of it. These are very usually all throughout the world.

My couchsurfing host noticed my confusion and restated, “If you ever get into any trouble in Syria for being an American take this lighter and do this:”

And with that he shined the LED flashlight out of the bottom of the lighter and upon the wall in front of us.

There, projected upon the wall like the batman insignia over Gotham City was the bearded face of Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hesboallah.

How Americans can get out of trouble in Syria

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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