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Are you kidding? What can be better than writing your name a Kilometer long?

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in response to reader comment: He misspelled his own name!

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Aug 10, 2011 at 02:13

Dr Pipes: You cannot be serious. Writing Hamad's name in kilometers long letters is not a waste. It is the noblest thing that can happen. I hope this guy hired a United States architect to design the artifact. Perhaps some Israeli should offer to write his name in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew and other languages of the world. If I were him I will encourage him to write it in glass and import glass from the United States and then decorate it with bright LED lights imported from Netherlands. Then he should plant imported roses and tulips around them (which India will be happy to supply).

You see, Dr Pipes, the wealth in these countries is due to an accident of nature that occurred millions of years ago. And, these countries are wasting that wealth away. They have no good university, no decent industry, no secular endowments, no good libraries, no goodwill, no nothing. If they do not waste their money, how will it come out of their possessions? If I have my choice, I will encourage the middle eastern countries to build a replica of Taj Mahal in arabia. Imagine the number of jobs it will create!

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