This Year’s Hottest Toy: Iraq-Syria LEGO Playset

Every Christmas sees one toy emerge as the most-wanted, gotta have gift – remember Tickle Me Elmo, and Beanie Babies from years past? Well, 2015’s big hit has emerged: The Iraq-Syria LEGO Playset.

The set retails for three trillion dollars, though the price may have doubled by the time this is published. Included in the standard set are enough LEGOS to build replicas of Mosul and Fallujah, allowing a child to refight those battles over and over. Figures include Sunni militias, Islamic State fighters, Shia militias, one figure representing the actual Iraqi Army, American special forces with and without boots, Iranians, Kurds, Turks, Russians, Syrians (moderate and radical, though they cannot be told apart), British, French and Italian troops, shady Saudi financiers and Hezbollah soldiers.

The basic set also includes a starter pack of refugee figures, though most people will want to opt for the bonus pack, if only to get access to the limited edition dead children refugee figures.

Not included: any weapons of mass destruction.

While the Iraq-Syria LEGO Playset will provide any child with decades of fun, even more adventures can be played out by buying the Turkish Expansion Pack.

And parents, please note: Even after careful construction with the best of intention, the playset tends to simply fall apart.

Peter Van Buren blew the whistle on State Department waste and mismanagement during Iraqi reconstruction in his first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. His latest book is Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent. Reprinted from the his blog with permission.

6 thoughts on “This Year’s Hottest Toy: Iraq-Syria LEGO Playset”

  1. "American special forces with and without boots"
    Truly, they did not specify any other type of footwear.
    I can just imagine Gen Thomas cutting orders which explicitly prohibit the use of certain categories of footwear.

    Also, would this mean there's a govt contract out there to provide tactical socks and sandals?

  2. You'll have to update your War on Terror 2.0 line, with Putin's 'war on terror' partnership with Netanyahu getting closer. Oh and the ageing and tragically dementia-afflicted Seymour Hersh now claims that the CIA are heroically launching their own "anti-turrsm" partnership with Assad, Israel, Germany independent of the White House, which apparently doesn't control the CIA any more… gosh the Western faux left is getting more confused by the day.
    Admit it – Idiocracy was a documentary, wasn't it? Americans really are that stupid after all.

    1. Did you even read Hersh's article, because that's not what it said.

      Members of the DIA, not the CIA, have passed information on to Germany, Russia and Israel in hopes that they would pass the same info onto Assad. Germany and Russia both have historic ties to Syria and Israel would sell there own children for any opportunity to better there regional hegemony. That usually means playing both sides against the middle IE aiding Al-Nusrah while also hedging there bets with Assad.

      There has always been rogue elements of sanity within the intelligence community. Just ask Ray McGovern and don't sh*t on a good journalist like Seymour Hersh just because he tells you something that's inconvenient to your own personal narrative. That's his f**king job. Thank Christ someones doing it.

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