Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Bridge to Nowhere

It's not just for Alaska anymore.

Developers in the Middle East want to build the world's longest suspension bridge, 18 miles across the Red Sea, to connect Egypt to the Arabian peninsula.  It would make sense, I guess, except that the proposed Arabian end of the bridge would be a barely-inhabited rural desert in Yemen, a nation in which 80% of the population chews a narcotic called khat just to get through the day.  They don't need a bridge, they need rehab.

But the kicker, at least for Americans, is that one of the lead developers is Osama bin Laden's brother.  Sure, he's a legit entrepreneur, whose family cut ties to the bad boy, et cetera.  But still -- would you buy an 18-mile bridge from this man?

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