Baghdad Green Zone

I was watching this incredible video about media reporting on the war in Iraq when at around 10 minutes into the video, the reporter mentioned that the Green Zone is Baghdad is approximately 4.5 square miles. How big is that? For comparison, here is an approximately 4.5 square mile area of the Minneapolis lakes:

Minneapolis Lakes Green Zone

Here’s the same area from the perspective of the Twin Cities:

Minneapolis Green Zone

To check out the Green Zone on a Google Map, click here. Here’s a close-up with some helicopters.

I’ve heard that the traveling from the airport to the Green Zone is extraordinarily dangerous. Here’s a link to a map showing how far apart the two areas are. It looks closer than MSP to Uptown to me.

George W. Bush started this war four years ago next month.

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