Remember the troops being too busy at the Iraqi oil ministry?
And: “I did not know there were that many vases in Iraq”?
Now, even warmonger Rupert Murdoch‘s Times in London cannot ignore all the facts anymore:
‘Stop the looters destroying history’
By Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent
THE cultural treasures of Iraq — the birthplace of writing, codified law, mathematics, medicine and astronomy — are being obliterated as looters take advantage of the country’s bloody chaos.
Fourteen of the world’s leading archaeologists have written to the President and Prime Minister of the country, demanding immediate action to stem the vandalism after seeing photographs of sites left pockmarked by enormous craters.
Among examples in the letter, seen yesterday by The Times, was a Babylonian sculpture of a lion dating from about 1700BC that lost its head because the terracotta shattered as looters tried to remove it.
Sex trafficking in Bush’s ‘new’ Iraq: here.
From the Google cache of Dear kitty ModBlog:
Associated Press reports:
Iraq Accuses U.S. of Damaging Ancient City
Friday March 31, 2006
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – American forces are damaging the ancient city of Kish and must withdraw from the 5,000-year-old archaeological site, an Iraqi ministry said Thursday.
The Ministry of State for Tourism and Antiquities Affairs said U.S. forces had set up a camp in Kish, near Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad.
In a statement, the ministry said the U.S. military was preventing anyone from entering this important archaeological site to assess the damage, which was not specified.
The U.S. military had no immediate comment.
Last year, the British Museum said that U.S.-led troops using the ancient Iraqi city of Babylon as a base had damaged and contaminated artifacts dating back thousands of years in one of the world’s most important ancient sites.