Inside the Middle East
April 21, 2009
Posted: 1358 GMT

An Iraqi community is turning one of Saddam Hussein's palaces into a resort. CNN's Fred Pleitgen visits.

Fred Pleitgen reports. Click here to watch
Fred Pleitgen reports. Click here to watch

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World traveler   April 21st, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Vacation in Iraq? no thank you.

GLeigh   April 22nd, 2009 1:29 pm ET

I've always wanted to vacation in this part of the world, the ME anywhere. My husband wants to be certain there is little violence and safety, he's a protective kind of guy. I can go, he would never stop me, but he frowns on it. I hope there is peace, everywhere mostly, some day.

Hope   April 22nd, 2009 2:39 pm ET

Not a Club-Med destination, but i can see how the beauty and historical landscape makes it a desirable spot..I would go in a heart beat..

GLeigh   April 28th, 2009 2:23 pm ET

Hope – I hope you go there. It would probably be a learning experience – the best and worst of people. There is sooo much history though. Like China, it's an old country, and like other places.

GLeigh   April 28th, 2009 2:26 pm ET

Hope – If you like history, read "The Good Earth." It's a great book. I read it as a child and again, twice, as an adult. People have much easier lives now, sometimes, and much more complicated and harder ones in some ways. I hope the best for all people.

John A   May 23rd, 2009 1:04 am ET

World traveler April 21st, 2009 2121 GMT

Vacation in Iraq? no thank you.

Funny I thought you were supposed to be a world traveller? Have you ever been to the Middle East?

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