Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Killing History

The Ancient City of Babylon

I have noticed that many Americans think that in their war on Iraq, that they are only killing the enemy, the people of that country. Among so much other wrongs, like hospitals, water supplies, schools, churches, farming land that have been destroyed, the Americans are trying to destroy the culture and history of Iraq by abusing and ruining their ancient sites of history too. America now has 7 military posts on these type of sites. And this is not coincidence, as some might suggest.

America has also caused a situation where this war torn country in desperation is stealing its own artifacts, and left it open to all others to do so also. All this while their American invader allows this to go on, making it easy for them to do so, gladly helping them on. This is not just an unplanned circumstance, but one purposefuly done by the American military, a terroristic technique, to annihilate a country from its physical history and to be able to say they were not the only ones doing it, so don't blame them.

Actually, America does nothing it claims and brags it stands for, and all the evils it can do, it does. It draws short on nothing with their want of totaly wiping out a civilization.

Here is a quote from Wikipedia under Babylon, the section called Effects of the U.S military.

US forces were criticised for building a helipad on ancient Babylonian ruins following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, under the command of General James T. Conway of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. The vibrations from helicopter landings led a nearby Babylonian structure to collapse.

US forces have occupied the site for some time and have caused damage to the archaeological record. In a report of the British Museum's Near East department, Dr. John Curtis describes how parts of the archaeological site were levelled to create a landing area for helicopters, and parking lots for heavy vehicles.

Below are listed 5 links telling of this destruction in further detail.

Troops 'Vandalise' Ancient City of Ur
Ed VulliamySunday May 18, 2003
The Observer

One of the greatest wonders of civilisation, and probably the world's most ancient structure - the Sumerian city of Ur in southern Iraq - has been vandalised by American soldiers and airmen, according to aid workers in the area.

Iraq May End Up With No History
Sep 18 2007
Turkish Weekly

Iraq may soon end up with no history with almost every historical site in the war-torn country is under the control of looters, who have privatized the very cradle of human civilization under the watchful eye of US occupation forces whose military hardware has left the walls of Sumarian cities cracking and ground shaking,

It is the Death of History
Special investigation by Robert Fisk
Published: 17 September 2007
The Independant

2,000-year-old Sumerian cities torn apart and plundered by robbers. The very walls of the mighty Ur of the Chaldees cracking under the strain of massive troop movements, the privatisation of looting as landlords buy up the remaining sites of ancient Mesopotamia to strip them of their artefacts and wealth. The near total destruction of Iraq's historic past – the very cradle of human civilisation – has emerged as one of the most shameful symbols of our [America's] disastrous occupation.

British and American Collusion in the Pillaging of Iraq's Heritage
Is A Scandal That Will Outlive Any Passing Conflict
By Simon Jenkins
Guardian June 8, 2007

Fly into the American air base of Tallil outside Nasiriya in central Iraq and the flight path is over the great ziggurat of Ur, reputedly the earliest city on earth. Seen from the base in the desert haze or the sand-filled gloom of dusk, the structure is indistinguishable from the mounds of fuel dumps, stores and hangars. Ur is safe within the base compound. But its walls are pockmarked with wartime shrapnel and a blockhouse is being built over an adjacent archaeological site. When the head of Iraq's supposedly sovereign board of antiquities and heritage, Abbas al-Hussaini, tried to inspect the site recently, the Americans refused him access to his own most important monument

Months of War that Ruined Centuries of History
Maev KennedySaturday
January 15, 2005
The Guardian

The military camp was established by the American forces in April 2003, and damage was already visible when Dr Curtis first visited part of the site that June. The same contractors, Kellogg, Brown and Root - a subsidiary of the American civil engineering corporation Halliburton, of which the US vice-president, Dick Cheney, is a former chief executive officer - were used to develop and maintain the site throughout, as it grew to a 150-hectare camp, housing 2,000 soldiers.

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