Before the Syrian war, my wife and sons would travel to Syria yearly during school holidays and I would join them for 2 or 3 weeks in August. Since 2010, my last visit, close friends and family have always advised that I should not travel there for security reasons. Years ago, my wife did used to travel, unannounced, entering via Lebanon, and that was OK. But she has not been there for over five years and could not attend her father’s funeral 4 years ago. We are thankful for communications technology and most days she has long video conference calls with her close family inside and outside Syria. We also have a director who is our sons’ godfather, who part owns the company with us. He travels extensively in the Middle East. Imagine we used to bring our staff to the UK and send them to the USA for technical training in the 1900s and noughties, But since 9/11 (in 2001) the world has never treated Middle Eastern origin people quite as well as prior that event. None of our staff, nor family, can visit the UK and that has been the case for over 10 years now. It is a personal sadness, and our sons may have lost a lot of their dual culture advantage of annual visits. But there are millions of people far far worse off than us. We did have a plan, since I met my wife, of insurance against such events, and so spread our source of income and destination of investments into more than two jurisdictions. It turned out well for us, and that is a life lesson we can be thankful for. Trust nobody, not even yourself, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Nobody in their right mind would have funded a loss making business for ten years, but I never claimed to be of right mind either.