I was researching cable TV options so that my long-suffering MoBob can keep up on Al-Jazeera and found that Arkansas is a lot more, er, international than I expected:
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is reporting that the U.S. Military is building a so-called “Little Fallujah” here in the United States for soldiers to train in urban warfare. A streetscape is being modeled after Fallujah in East Arkansas, complete with bazaar, office buildings and a school. It even includes bomb blasts and flying bullets, as well as a two-mile track where drivers will learn to shoot out car windows, ram enemy vehicles and dodge simulated rocket-propelled grenades. Three blocks of the mock city are being opened this summer. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, it won't be the only foreign war zone open for business in Arkansas. At “Little Mogadishu” in North Little Rock, trainees rappel from a helicopter perched on a forty-foot stanchion and work through a maze of concrete huts and alleyways, shooting at targets and blowing open doors.
And apparently this is a growth industry.
Maybe MoBob should scratch the artisinal sheep farm and teach "How to scream effectively and convincingly in Arabic" instead, since he does that so well while driving.