The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

‘MY first thought, when Ge­orge W. Bush an­nounced his Axis of Evil, was, ‘I want to go there.’ Well, who wouldn’t? He’d in­ad­ver­tently cre­ated an ad­ven­turer’s travel wish­list: Iran, Iraq and North Korea, three coun­tries that were worse than bad; they were pos­i­tively evil. The fact that Iran and Iraq were sworn en­e­mies who’d fought each other for eight years didn’t seem to mat­ter. So I trekked around Mr Bush’s Axis of Evil and then, for good mea­sure, added six other coun­tries that for as­sorted rea­sons had been la­belled bad to cre­ate my 2007 book Bad Lands.’

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