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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-05 12:08 PM
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Green 'zone' or Green 'republic'? (Iraq)

http://www.alternet.org/peek /

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"What people find particularly frustrating is the fact that while Baghdad seems to be falling apart in so many ways with roads broken and pitted, buildings blasted and burnt out and residential areas often swimming in sewage, the Green Zone is flourishing," writes Riverbend, the "girl blog from Iraq." "The walls surrounding restricted areas housing Americans and Puppets have gotten higher -- as if vying with the tallest of date palms for height...The price of building materials has gone up unbelievably, in spite of the fact that major reconstruction has not yet begun. I assumed it was because so much of the concrete and other building materials was going to reinforce the restricted areas. A friend who recently got involved working with an Iraqi subcontractor who takes projects inside of the Green Zone explained that it was more than that.

The Green Zone, he told us, is a city in itself. He came back awed, and more than a little bit upset. He talked of designs and plans being made for everything from the future US Embassy and the housing complex that will surround it, to restaurants, shops, fitness centers, gasoline stations, constant electricity and water -- a virtual country inside of a country with its own rules, regulations and government. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Republic of the Green Zone, also known as the Green Republic." Valuable information, sweet prose; read the rest. (Baghdad Burning)
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bushgang will never leave Iraq.
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-05 12:10 PM
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1. that's all the congresscritters are allowed to see when they visit
Iraq on "fact-finding" missions.

They don't leave the Green Zone.
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-05 12:26 PM
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2. We used to call them 'Potemkin villages'
At least that's what we called them when the Soviets did this sort of thing.

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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-05 01:09 AM
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4. Oh of course
Can't have them meeting with the common folk.
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Qanisqineq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-05 01:08 AM
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3. Kick
I just read the original on Baghdad Burning and was going to post it. It is very disturbing. Bush and his friggin' empire. God that man disgusts me. I was wondering if she had heard anything about DSM and had comments on that but doesn't mention it.

http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/
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Greybnk48 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-05 01:50 AM
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5. There's a Burger King restaurant in the Green Zone!
Got this info from someone we know stationed there. He eats there all the time. He said he did not need anything because he could buy anything he needed right there--while many outside go without water and electricity!! He also told me that there is a Subway restaurant in Tikrit, so they must be doing the same thing there.
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