Cheney’s Halliburton Destroys Babylon in Iraq

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The Ishtar Gate is one of the most dramatic finds from ancient Babylonia. Covered with dragons and bulls, Nebuchadnezzar dedicated the huge, ceremonial gate to the goddess Ishtar. It was the main entrance to the inner streets and temples of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar II was known for awesome building projects such as the restored temple of Marduk and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

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Cheney’s Halliburton Destroys Babylon in Iraq

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Date: 3/25/05 at 10:16PM

Mood: Thinking Playing: War, by Edwin Starr

By Katrina vanden Heuvel, in The Nation:

Halliburton Destroys Babylon

Posted March 25, 2005

The U.S.-led destruction on the ancient city is one of the most ‘reckless acts of cultural vandalism.’

The sterile term “collateral damage” justifiably brings to mind the human tragedy of war.

But the devastating and wanton damage inflicted on the ancient city of Babylon by U.S.-led military forces gives another meaning to the term.

In this case, we are witnessing violence against one of the world’s greatest cultural treasures.

Babylon’s destruction, according to The Guardian, “must rank as one of the most reckless acts of cultural vandalism in recent memory.”

Dick Cheney, Halliburton, and Iraq war, cartoon

When Camp Babylon was established by U.S.-led international forces in April 2003, leading archeologists and international experts on ancient civilizations warned of potential peril and damage.

It was “tantamount to establishing a military camp around the Great Pyramid in Egypt or around Stonehenge in Britain,” according to a damning report issued in January by the British Museum.

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Iraq war and libraries: here.

Hatra in Iraq: here.

Art looting and smuggling here.

Rumsfeld and the looting of the Baghdad museum: here.

Babylon, Ishtar gate, 1963

14 thoughts on “Cheney’s Halliburton Destroys Babylon in Iraq

  1. RE: Cheney’s Halliburton Destroys Babylon in Iraq
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    Date: 03/26/05 at 9:10 AM (1y5M ago)
    you’d think they’d have enough reasons to avoid inciting any further anger at this point. i really wouldn’t be surprised to find out that an 8-year-old was running halliburton.

    RE: Cheney’s Halliburton Destroys Babylon in Iraq
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    Date: 03/26/05 at 9:44 AM (1y5M ago)
    Maybe a 8-year-old would do less harm …

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    Date: 03/26/05 at 9:57 AM (1y5M ago)
    destroy millenia of culture for the sake of oil….yeah go Cheney and Bush…fucking wankers

    RE: Cheney’s Halliburton Destroys Babylon in Iraq
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    Date: 03/26/05 at 10:06 AM (1y5M ago)
    One of many reasons why the peace movement must campaign on


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