Monday, May 05, 2008

Xanadu in Baghdad

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, says an AP story about real estate development in the Green Zone published yesterday.

If this sounds weird to you, it's because you lack the Imperial Vision. The story goes on to say 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.

Sure, the boyz over in Sadr City will be lobbing mortars into the windows of the new Marriott from time time, but why dwell on it? There's money to be made!

Puts me in mind of those immortal words penned by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1816:

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

That sunny dome! Those caves of ice! And all in the Mesopotamian desert. We must be invincible!

I sincerely hope everybody will read this amazing story. The Marriott Hotel is not a joke, and the lunacy of these people is astounding. Their veins are running money, and the Americans' Imperial Palace in the heart of Baghdad is a done deal.

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