The Independent provides this latest update on the reconstruction of Iraq. This is one terrific idea! A 7.5 star hotel in the middle of beautiful downtown Baghdad. Not to worry, it's going to be built in the Green Zone and it will be mortar and RPG resistant. And if that isn't enough, there are plans to turn one of Saddam's former palaces into a "theme" tourist trap. There are also plans to offer cheap flights to the "Venice of the east".
This gives "adventure tourism" a whole new angle. Experience the US 3rd Infantry Division in action, up close and personal. Don't worry about the guy wrapped in the kafta with the RPG. Your hotel room is built to withstand it.
Sorry... We can't show you the priceless artifacts from the earliest days of civilized man; they were looted shortly after "The Coalition of The Willing" rolled into town. But how about a tour of Saddam's old house, complete with the intact fucking torture chamber?
FYI, the Iraq Tourism Board has 2400 employees. If that isn't a fucking make work project, then I don't know what is.