It’s Really Just An Embassy

Monday, April 17, 2006

It's really just an embassy

I was watching Democracy Now with Amy Goodman and was completely blown away by the little blurb on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.(Hat tip to Briareus). According to Goodman,

Meanwhile construction on the massive new U.S. embassy in Baghdad is a third complete. The fortress-like compound will be the largest U.S. embassy in the world. The complex will contain 21 buildings spread over 100 acres. With a staff of over 5,000 the embassy will resemble a small town on the Tigris River. It will contain its own defense force, water wells, electricity plant and wastewater-treatment facility.

What kind of a world do we live in where words have no meaning? A hundred acres? That's only 8 miles smaller than the Vatican City; that's a small country! Common sense says that if we had done any liberation while we were there, we wouldn't need a self-contained embassy the size of the Vatican City to make sure they don't kick us out for good.

Can any of you imagine a foreign power settling down in our country with such a monstrosity? What sensible sovereign nation is going to allow a foreign occupying force to remain on its territory? Jesus did have some catchy sayings, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Remember that one? It's an oldie but goody, though I prefer the negative version of it. Would you want Iraq to build a small country in the heart of Washington or New York? Well the Iraqis probably aren't too keen on it either.

Published in: on April 19, 2006 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

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