Caught in a war zone!

@LeighB (700)
Thailand
February 22, 2011 9:06am CST
With all the uprisings that are spreading across the Middle East, has anyone here found themselves in the middle of a war zone by accident. Where the locals are fighting against the government for change? A year ago, I was in a taxi in the middle of Bangkok. Yes the red shirts were encamped to the right of the road but news reports were that, "streets were blocked due to a peaceful demonstration." As the taxi I was in waited at the lights, molotov cocktails started flying over the roof of the taxi and we ended up going through red stop lights and swerving the flying missiles to escape this suddenly erupting situation. It was quite frightening thinking that at any moment one could ht the taxi's fuel tank and kill us in an explosion. The fighting was not betwwen police or the army but between the Red Shirts and the local residents just fed up with their antics. Have you been caught in a war zone and how did you get out?
3 responses
@Ichiru101 (286)
• United States
23 Feb 11
I have no but I would be terrified to. My grandfather was in the war and he told me stories of how horrible the near by villages were. I do not even want to think about it. Makes me truely grateful for not having to experience it.
@LeighB (700)
• Thailand
23 Feb 11
Yes, the Wars throughout istory have never been good and those who survived them have never had anything good to report back about them. There is no glory in war!
@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
22 Feb 11
I am very keen on traveling and have visited more than fifty different countries. am happy to say that I haven't ever been caught in a war zone. I read on the international news that British people are being taken home from Libya where fighting has broken out. Yes, there are many troubles in the Middle East at the moment. When I was in my middle twenties I traveled to Israel and before the bus got to Tel Aviv bus station someone spotted a handbag in a tree. The bus driver stopped, let me get off and then rushed away. It was a suspected bomb so I walked away from it. People were shouting and rushing all over the place.
@LeighB (700)
• Thailand
23 Feb 11
Nowadays, the innocent looking packages can be so devistating to our lives. In the past if someone dropped or left behind a piece of luggage one would pick it up and return it to the person, but today it can so easily be a bomb! It is a shame that some faith has been lost in human nature due to these terrorists who are intent on killing. Yes, the unrest in the Middle East is good that the outcome hopefully will lead to democracy and a better standard of living for the people but it is a shame so many have to die to reach their goal.
• India
22 Feb 11
such a horribal scene,even i was cought in situation like this it was before 4 years there was a big riot spread in my country and i was coming back from the job and suddenly they started throwing stones on each other and i was just 50 steps away from them it was fortunate for me that police came and tackle the siruation. otherwise god knows............
@LeighB (700)
• Thailand
22 Feb 11
Yes, it is never a good feeling when the peaceful streets you are on suddenly erupt into a war zone. I am glad you got out safely. It can be frightening and horrific when you find yourself unwittingly in amongst a riot. What country were you in 4 years ago?