Disneyland on the Tigris
It must be a sign of cynicism that my first reaction to this story about a new urban redevelopment plan for the Green Zone was: "Man, I bet they were smoking something green when they dreamed this up." And that my second reaction was "Sweet! They're building a Marriott! I've got tons of Marriott points!"
Seriously though, you've got to wonder when you read about plans like this. For starters, the most successful Iraq reconstruction projects have been the small-scale projects, not the big ones. I understand the need to develop the Iraqi economy and agree that a prosperous neighborhood near the Green Zone would assist with long-term security. But this is a pipe dream, not a plan rooted in reality. Iraq has more immediate needs, and this kind of fantasy exercise insults the Iraqis, Americans and others who are working so hard to address those more pressing issues.
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