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Monday, January 24, 2005

MINISTRY OF DIPLOMACY?

Or minidiplo, concerning itself only with unilateralism?

Bush is now requesting $1.5 billion for a new American embassy in Iraq.

Sure, that's fine, we need an embassy. But the funny thing is, that $1.5 billion figure is the same amount of money we're spending to build the tallest building in the entire world, over in lower Manhattan.

The cost to build the current tallest building in the world, the state-of-the-art and rather beautiful Taipei 101 was $1.6 billion.

The gigantic, yet never-opened Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, DPRK, cost a mere $750 million to make. Of course, they're a poor communist country, so yeah, corners were cut, but still.

So the question is, what kind of Oceanic fortress are we planning to build in Baghdad anyway?

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