At least Peace Bubble Man tried

The U.S. Coast Guard arrives on scene off the coast of Miami to respond to a report of a man aboard an inflatable hydro bubble who was disoriented. U.S. Coast Guard via AP

MPR’s Cathy Wurzer had the right reaction to the story of “peace bubble man,” who’s on the receiving end of snickers and jokes after he was rescued over the weekend.

“At least he tried,” she said this morning.

Reza Baluchi had the right idea. He wanted to “run” through dozens of countries to raise a little awareness for the fleeting concept that maybe people should stop trying to kill each other, and that a little more effort should be put into helping the world’s children.

The Coast Guard picked him up 70 miles off the Florida coast, after he refused to end his quest.

Baluchi was granted asylum in 2003 after after flying Iran where he was arrested in Iran for conducting pro-Western and anti-Islamic activities. He’s now a U.S. citizen

  • joetron2030

    Wow. That’s pretty gutsy.

    BTW, Bob, you may want to proof that last paragraph. I assume you meant to say “[…] after fleeing from Iran …”?

  • Veronica

    My mom, who was visiting from Miami, and I could NOT get over the AP story’s detail that he asked the coast guard for directions.

    And yes, our reaction was the same as Kathy’s: He tried.