Park in Northern Iraq once contained mass graves

Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2003 3:50 AM | Contributed by RideMan

For three decades a plot of land in Sulamianiya in Northern Iraq (controlled by the Kurds) was a dispensary of fear, surrounded by high concrete walls, brimming with guards. It was a headquarters for Iraqi military and intelligence services, known as a place of incarcerations, torture sessions and death. The park was started in 1997 as a symbol of what Iraq could be outside of Saddam Hussein's control.

Read more from The New York Times.

Tuesday, February 4, 2003 7:09 AM
I don't believe this...

any one know if this theme park is good? i mean it is Iraq... but you never know it might be a well off park

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 7:17 AM
Well, Kurdish rule or not, I doubt they get a lot of foreign tourists.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 8:01 AM
Just goes to show that no matter who you are or where you are...an amusement park is a great place to make out.

-'Playa

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 8:44 AM
Well from the article, we know they have a Dodgems (see photograph in article), and a Ferris Wheel (in text of article). In all they claim to have 14 rides (no coasters specifically mentioned), with 6 more on the way.

Speaking of that photograph, happy kids look like happy kids no matter what amusement park they are in, no matter what country.

My question is: Where are they getting their rides and other amusement supplies from?

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 10:42 AM
I can see it now- Six Flags Kurd Kingdom...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 12:44 PM
Thats funny. Let see how long its there after Bush gets trigger happy.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 1:34 PM
Better Bush than Saddam. Glad to hear that they can have a little fun in such a horrible place.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 3:15 PM
it's only horrible after we keep clean water and health care from them...

Common ground? Maybe Bush can take a ride and perhaps chill a bit.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 3:51 AM
Phydeux,

Hate to tell you, Saddam was keeping clean water and health care from them long before Saddam invaded Kuwait, torched their oil wells, and his troops raped and murdered innocent Kuwaiti women and children causing the UN-led coalition forces to forcibly evict them from Kuwait. While this was going on, Saddam also used chemical warfare against his own countrymen.

Besides, the UN sanctions allow Iraq to trade oil for food and medical supplies, what Saddam does with the food and supplies after getting them, the US nor the U.N have any control.

Here's a little background on Hussein. Saddam in 1979 took power in Iraq by military force, placing the then current President under house arrest before executing 400 members of the ruling Baath party in order to strengthen his power base. Just twelve months later, he revoked a five year old treaty betweem Iran and Iraq and attacked - which turned into a war that lasted for eight years.

Perhaps you were not paying attention to the news stories when they came out over the years, but believe me, what I detailed here is only a small part of what has went on in Iraq since his military coup in 1979.

Before making judgements, make sure you have ALL the data, not just what the media spoon-feeds you.

Jeff, Sorry for going off-topic but I had to get that off my chest.

Back on topic, I agree Dave, no matter what country children are from or what nationality they are, smiling and laughing children all look the same.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 7:41 AM
Bravo, Redman822.

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Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 3:11 PM

Look, you're just wrong. Iraq had the best health care in the Middle East until we put sanctions on them. And we don't give them medical supplies, they are specificly exempt from being sent because of dual use status. We don't send them pencils, chlorine tablets, and basic sanitary items. The death rate increase for children alone has increased by over 400,000. The US funded his Iran-Iraq war, BTW.

Oh, and he controls the Ba'ath party, too. We hold him in control because we force EVERYTHING that is sent to Iraq through his government. We have an embargo against the country, and aid groups can't get in. I know more about this, I spent several months researching nothing but Iraqi sanctions. And the media is spoonfeeding warmongering above anything else. It's the media's job to enforce the government position, and to make them look justified. I assure you I havn't been spoon fed, I don't even watch TV anymore. I've read 8 books in the last 2 months about Media propoganda tactics, and population control. The latest is by Noam Chomsky too. You're wrong on so many levels.

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:59 AM
Ride credits, anyone?
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