Iraq tourism

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    Iraq Looks to Promote Tourism

    Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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    In reality, Iraq has been a no-go zone for most civilian aircraft for almost two decades. First, there were U.N. sanctions after Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Then U.S.-led forces toppled the dictator in 2003, and violence engulfed the country.

    Yet, now that insurgent attacks and sectarian bloodshed have ebbed over the past year, Iraq's government is beginning to promote tourism. It will be a tough sell—and even if officials can grab the attention of the adventuresome, Iraq's tourism facilities are shabby.

    The opening of a new airport Sunday in the southern city of Najaf is expected to help boost the number of religious pilgrims, mostly Iranians, visiting Shiite shrines to 1 million this year, double the number that came in 2007.

    Pilgrims are admittedly a special kind of visitor. "They do not consider any kind of danger or harassment. They have a religious ideology that considers any difficulty they face as a merit and mercy for their piety," said Abdul Zahra al-Talaqani, spokesman for Iraq's tourism ministry.

    Iraq is thinking about more than pilgrims, though. Last week, officials displayed tourism posters and said they are intent on attracting visitors to Iraq's fabled archaeological sites.

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    cool I will change my plans and head to Iraq right away.

    NOT!!!
     
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    It's gonna be a long, long time before it attracts regular tourism. People should come over to Costa Rica instead, anyway. [/propaganda]


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    It's gonna be a long, long time before it attracts regular tourism. People should come over to Costa Rica instead, anyway. [/propaganda]


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    Except for the heat I would go. No AC gonna keep me away )
     
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    When VietNam was raging, the thought that some day veterans of that conflict would return there as tourists was unthinkable.

    Who knows? Perhaps some day Iraq will be the same.
     
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    Personally I think despite everything we are hearing right now, and regardless of who ends up winning this election, That the US will end up maintaining bases, and a small permanent presence in Iraq for many years to come. Much like Japan and Korea. Not an occupation by any means, but a presence none the less.
     

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