Llewellyn Werner is a California investor who doesn’t like death, but does like Disneyland. Most of us don’t draw the distinction, but Werner wants to replace the former with the latter in Baghdad with “The Baghdad Zoo and Entertainment Experience,” a developing “American-style amusement park that will feature a skateboard park, rides, a concert theatre and a museum.” Christ, wasn’t the plan to get the oil first and then destroy them with Americanization? Priorities, people.
The lot under consideration in Baghdad has always been a quiet grassland for hippies and Muslim hippies alike to relax, far away from the distractions of modern life and death bombs:
The 50-acre swath of land, which sits adjacent to the Green Zone and encompasses Baghdad’s existing zoo, was looted, left without power and abandoned after the American-led invasion in 2003. Only 35 of 700 animals remained after the invasion. Some had died of starvation, some were stolen and some killed for food by Iraqis fearing that war would bring food shortages.
Tsk, tsk. Baghdad was so charming before the Corporates came.