Before I moved here to California, I thought it would be a good idea to visit the state capitol, Disneyland. Upon entering, I found an impressive display that described the freedoms protected by the Constitution: Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Petition, and Freedom of Enterprise. I'm not so sure about that last one, but as it came shortly after I had cashed my traveler's checks in exchange for some of the local currency. I had come with the explicit intent of stimulating the economy. The experience was a profound one for me. I understood at once that these were my people - I had come home.
But really - It's hard to remain actively cynical in the land of Disney. So much of the chewy goodness of America can be found behind the gates. Innovation, creativity, adaptation, adventure and rock and roll swirl together in a freedom frappe. As you watch the day fade into the rocket's red glare behind the ramparts of Sleeping Beauty's castle, it's hard to imagine that there is any better place on earth.
With these things in mind, here is my humble suggestion: Begin construction on Disneyland Baghdad as soon as possible.