US-backed plan sees shiny future for embattled Green ZoneIf the Green Zone were transformed into this cool high-end commercial hub within 5 years, that'd be really cool!
By BRADLEY BROOKS and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writers
4 May 2008
BAGHDAD - Forget the rocket attacks, concrete blast walls and lack of a sewer system. Now try to imagine luxury hotels, a shopping center and even condos in the heart of Baghdad.
That's all part of a five-year development "dream list" — or what some dub an improbable fantasy — to transform the U.S.-protected Green Zone from a walled fortress into a centerpiece for Baghdad's future.
But the $5 billion plan has the backing of the Pentagon and apparently the interest of some deep pockets in the world of international hotels and development, the lead military liaison for the project told The Associated Press.
I'm all for it!... BUT: please - no U.S. tax-dollars to pursue this fantasy, ok? If Marriott wants to fund it, let 'em!
Stop the madness.