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Destroying Iraq's Heritage ... yet again

Truth about Iraqis


April 13, 2006

When looting erupted throughout Iraq on April 10, 2003 (and shocked millions of Iraqis), US Secretary of Defense said it was the burgeoning of democracy.

He said democracy was "untidy".

"Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things," Rumsfeld said. "They're also free to live their lives and do wonderful things. And that's what's going to happen here," he said in a broadcast shown around the world on April 12, 2003, just over three years ago.

Yes, when the colonists were rid of the tyranny of King George in 1774-1776, they burned down schools, hospitals, shipping yards.

When the French were liberated of the Nazis, they burned down the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum.

By the same token, when Iranians ejected the Iraqi occupier from Abadan, they burned down every building left standing.

No, hardly. In fact, in the aforementioned, the newly freed peoples set about rebuilding and strengthening their countries.

Which is why the looting in Baghdad is as tragic as it is peculiar. The Bush administration chalked up to revenge against the former regime. Does revenge constitute burning down a health clinic your children may one day require?

Or lotting and burning the libraries they will need for their education and the schools they hope to go to in a new, liberated Iraq?

No, the looting in Iraq was part of systematic, pre-planned campaign to destroy Iraq's history and heritage.

I have maintained here that such a campaign ensures that you leave future societies without a bond to their common heritage and thereby can refashion them in whichever image you choose.

So, it also comes as no surprise then that we hear the ancient site of Babylon has been nearly destroyed by ... no, not looters, but by the US military.

"US forces built a helicopter pad on the ancient ruins and filled their sandbags with archaeological material in the months following the 2003 invasion," the BBC reports.

"The head of the Iraqi State Board for Heritage and Antiquities, Donny George, is angry and says the mess will take decades to sort out."

"Col Coleman told the BBC that if the Iraqis wanted an apology for the destruction caused by his men he was willing to give one."

"Col Coleman argues that whatever his troops did, the alternative would have been far worse. If they hadn't moved in, Babylon would have been left at the mercy of looters, he says."

Yes, I suppose an apology would suffice if the Vietnam Memorial were paved over for a new Banana Republic emporium, or maybe the WTC memorial was sold to a Saudi Emir who proceeds to build a new Saudi embassy on the site. Or if the Alamo were used as a manure dump (wait, didn't Ozzy Osbourne relieve himself there?).

Now consider the "alternative". Imagine this:

A handsome young man rescues a young woman from a gang of criminals who were about to gang rape her. She thanks himfor saving her and just as she is about to turn away he attacks her from behind and rapes her.

After his evil deed is done, she turns in shock and asks "Why?".

"Well, shucks, ma'am, the alternative coulda been lot worse if I left ya with them thar gang," he says to her. Then he salutes her and mumbles Semper Fi.

And the flag of liberty is held high ...

You can read more about how galant US soldiers liberated Babylon and destroyed it:

The Guardian: Troops from the US-led force in Iraq have caused widespread damage and severe contamination to the remains of the ancient city of Babylon, according to a damning report released today by the British Museum.

The Boston Globe:The dragons at the Ishtar Gate were marred by cracks and gaps where someone tried to remove their decorative bricks, the paper said.


Iraqis rejoice as more of your dignity is stripped of you. Hallaw Landaan, Bye Bye Babil?

Update: UK medic is our non-US hero of the week for going to jail rather than serve in Iraq.

Also, check on update to Video of US soldiers crying and Mortar Shells hitting US bases.

Be sure to check the right-column for updated pictures, links, quotes and Iraqi Truismsem>

:: Article nr. 22561 sent on 14-apr-2006 14:44 ECT


Link: truth-about-iraqis.blogspot.com/2006/04/destroying-iraqs-heritage-yet-again.html

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