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The Ultimate Walled City: The Green Zone

A feature length article explores life in The Green Zone -- the four-square mile, heavily secured "American bubble in Baghdad."

"The Green Zone is a little America embedded in the heart of Baghdad... In April of 2003, as the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division fought its way into the Green Zone with heavy loss of Iraqi life, the once privileged residents fled in haste, emptying compounds and palaces—and indeed an entire district—that therefore seemed ready-made for American use. Later it became obvious that the decision to install the occupation government in the center of the city and to base it in the very same buildings that had been used by the recent dictatorship was a serious blunder—one of several such blunders rooted in the arrogance of Yankee know-how, and in the strange failure to anticipate the end of the honeymoon, and the hostility that even enlightened invaders would soon elicit."

[Editor's note: The full text of this article is only available to subscribers.]

Thanks to Chris Steins

Full Story: Welcome to the Green Zone

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