Chris Jeon, a 21-year-old math major at UCLA, has apparently joined the rebel struggle against Colonel Gaddafi, becoming the latest internet sensation.
Chris' aspirations however appear only vaguely related to the rebels' quest for more democracy and freedom as the student told Kristen Chick, the Christian Science Monitor's Egypt correspondent , "At spring break I told my friends a 'sick' vacation would be to come here and fight with the rebels."
Could Libya or any other violent conflict zone, for the matter, become the new destination for a fun, exiting and exhilarating spring break? It sounds doubtful.
According to interviews, Jeon did however decide to fight against Gaddafi as he was looking for a 'fun' way to finish his summer vacation. Apparently the young student flew to Cairo on a one-way ticket, and then managed to somehow enter Libya where he made contacts with the rebels and now sleeps with local families or with the rebels.
Jeon also defended his decision to head to Libya with only a one-way ticket, telling The National's Bradley Hope: "If I get captured or something, I don't want to waste another US$800."
Despite insisting "This is one of the few real revolutions," "I just thought I'd come check it out," it seems that before become a guerillero Jeon still has a lot of practise ahead after Hope quoted him as saying "How do you fire this thing?" as a bearded rebel handed him an AK-47.
The students has said he wants to fight in Sirte
According to reports however Jeon is very popular among his new rebel friends who have renamed him Ahmed El Maghrabi Saidi Barga, a name that compresses the names of local tribes and areas.
Most of the articles written about the American rebel fighter, Jeon is described as being enthusiastic and not particularly worried about the possibility of being hurt as a result of the conflict, which in view of all the casualties and the lack of medical supplies is rather surprising.
The student sounds more anxious that his parents, who thought he was on a different trip do not find out where he really went for the end of summer vacation.
Joeon's apparent carefree is a little bit worrying as wars should not be seen as a fun destination and is definitely not a funny business.
Despite talking to the reporters and saying he wanted to be part of a revolution, Jeon's account of the Libyan conflict seem to exclude the dead bodies, the bullets flying everywhere, the internationally displaced persons, the consequences of having to kill your opponents when at war, the wounded and the screams.....which make up most of the wars.