Don’t wait for ‘Bin Laden Park’

By The Mercury

Tired of the sequester, banking regulation, gun control, global warming, Afghanistan, Mali, Chuck Hagel, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, rising gas prices, Beijing’s brown air, the night the lights went out in New Orleans?

If so, consider this diversion from Pakistan, where tourism officials have announced plans to build an amusement park near where U.S. Navy SEALS killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

What Pakistan has in mind is a 50-acre amusement park just outside the town of Abbottabad that will include water sports, miniature golf, paragliding, rock climbing, a zoo, restaurants and gift shops.

The purpose has nothing to do with changing the area’s image, Pakistani officials insist. And although leaving bin Laden’s compound up — it was razed last year — might also have drawn tourists, turning the area into a “Bin Laden Park”
was never a serious option. After all, his idea of amusement clashed dramatically with what Pakistani tourism officials have in mind.

Their intent is simply to build on Abbottabad’s existing attraction as a popular summer resort town. We wish them well.

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