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#1 12 years ago

Wouldn't you think the last thing you would see in the middle of Iraq's capital, is a 104 acre US Embassy? With 15foot thick walls, 21 buildings, a gym, swimming pool, BEAUTY PARLOUR, 619 bedrooms, and even a school. Also, the thing is: THEY GOT ALL THAT LAND FOR FREE, i wonder what went on in the background so Iraq would give up that precious space so easily?

:deal: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/06/07/wirq07.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/06/07/ixnews.html

Nothing against America, I just think that America has taken just a bit too much control over this war torn country.




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#2 12 years ago

what's the bid deal about this?they are already keeping a lot of bases about at least 14 or 15.

and uh sorry to ask but what's 104 acres like?




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#3 12 years ago

Protected by 15ft thick walls and ringed by military guards, it signals the seriousness of America's intentions to retain a large and long-term presence in the country. The £315 million building's existence is meant to be a secret. Any request for a comment from the US State Department is met with a terse rebuff, and a plea for a photo opportunity is deemed out of the question.

But it is impossible to keep hidden a complex that will be the size of Vatican City with the population of a small town, especially when it is lit up at nightfall to permit work on it to continue 24 hours a day.

It takes nearly five minutes to drive along just one side of its 104 acres, which will contain 21 buildings, the first floors of which are clearly visible along with the metal trellising that provides protection from mortars. [...]

There will be six blocks with 619 one-bedroom flats, a recreation building, a beauty parlour, gym, swimming pool and even its own school. A lavish "American Club" will provide a venue to relax in the evening and a site to host receptions for visiting dignitaries.

I assume a few hundred years ago it could have looked like this:

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Of course, the modern US pendant will easily top this olf fashioned fortress.




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#4 12 years ago

This is what happens when information gets to those who don't know how to interpret it... The US embassy with all those luxuries was not built by the US for free. It was merely one of Saddam's palaces (one of the smaller ones, I might add) in Baghdad that was converted to an embassy. The United States did not build this luxury area for themselves or even for permanent use as an embassy, they are just using the building because it is a) large b) secure (both in structure and in location) c) otherwise deserted




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#5 12 years ago

what's the bid deal about this?they are already keeping a lot of bases about at least 14 or 15.

and uh sorry to ask but what's 104 acres like?

The big deal is that, first of all, America is not even paying for the land. Also, this is an embassy, not a military base. An embassy means it is permanent. It is some of the nicest, safest acreage in Baghdad, and they are taking it and writing it off for themselves. A two-story, four bedroom villa in that area of Baghdad (the central Green Zone) runs for $250,000 - 300,000. Imagine how many of those you could fit in that piece of real estate. And, btw, 104 acres is like a square field over 42000 meters on a side.




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#6 12 years ago

Maybe I misunderstood you but:

104 acres = 420873.07 m^2 ==> (420873.07 m^2)^(1/2) = 648.75 m

I think 684.75 m per side is still enough ;).




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#7 12 years ago

Maybe I misunderstood you but:

104 acres = 420873.07 m^2 ==> (420873.07 m^2)^(1/2) = 648.75 m

I think 684.75 m per side is still enough ;).




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#8 12 years ago

oh thanks.damn....but after Iraq is stabilised I guess they will have to.




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#9 12 years ago

No more than there is on an Aircraft carrier, America is paying for it all the same way, sure they aren't paying for the land but the Iraqi's owe the Americans so much money that they'll never be expected to pay back, it's not even worth arguing about that.




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#10 12 years ago

No, they don't owe anything. The Iraqi's never asked for help from the Americans, they never requested the US to come over and switch their regime, so how can you say they owe the US something. You can't invade a country, force something onto them, then say :"you owe me for it". This is obviously an example of US imperialism. And if Iraq will be a true democracy, you have to remember that the people will have the final say. Putting an anti American regime into power (In a democratic way), is just a matter of time. The Americans should focus on building stability or making a plan to get out of there instead of building palaces for themselves.