Thursday, June 7, 2007

Embassy Of An Empire

The largest, most heavily fortified, and most expensive embassy in the world is being built right now in Iraq beside the Tigris river. The amount of 592 million dollars has been set aside for the project but original estimates range around the 1 billion dollar mark. The embassy will be situated on 104 acres of land which is equivalent to 80 football fields.

What is truly amazing about this project is it will be entirely self sufficient. The embassy will not rely on the Iraqi public utilities infrastructure. The embassy will have its own water, power and waste-water treatment plant. It will be completely cut off from the outside world. It is estimated that the embassy may employ over 5,000 people. The compound will contain apartment housing, restaurants, gyms, pools, a school, a theater and a firehouse. The embassy is set to open in September and is currently the only large scale US funded construction project that is on schedule in Iraq.

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