I found this one via Prof Joshua Landis's page on Syria, itself found via the lair of a couple of shw-i alumni, Power and the Money (good title). There's this guy with ambitious holiday plans: "Later this year, he plans to hook up with the Taliban in Afghanistan":
Japanese trucker Toshifumi Fujimoto is bored with his humdrum job, a daily run from Osaka to Tokyo or Nagasaki hauling tanker loads of gasoline, water or even chocolate. Yet while the stocky, bearded 45-year-old could spend his free time getting a jolt of adrenaline by bungee-jumping or shark hunting, he puts his life on the line in a most unusual way.
He's become a war tourist.
It gets a little more reassuring towards the end, but not in an especially optimistic way.