Bourdain’s Field Notes

Libya is a place where there is every likelihood that everywhere you go and with everyone you meet you will be greeted warmly, treated generously, welcomed with a smile or a thumbs up. It is also a place where very bad things happen to nice people—where things can go very, very wrong in a heartbeat.

While we were there, the close associate of one of our interview subjects was kidnapped. In Misrata, a popular elected official was assassinated with a silenced pistol. In Benghazi, the British Embassy was telling its citizens to leave. Generally speaking, highly trained security dudes do not want to even consider taking their idiotic on-camera “talent” charges anywhere near weapons—much less imagine the possibility of their operating one.

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