Cheney’s destruction of Babylon

From British daily The Morning Star:

US bulldozed Babylon site

Friday 10 July 2009

UNESCO have released a report which confirmed that the US-led invaders of Iraq inflicted serious damage on one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites.

Heavy machinery was driven over sacred paths, hilltops were bulldozed and trenches destroyed potential areas of interest on the site of the ancient city of Babylon.

The UN cultural agency noted: “The use of Babylon as a military base was a grave encroachment on this internationally known archaeological site.”

The report did not single out any nationalities of forces on the base, except to mention “contractors employed by them, mainly Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR),” a US corporation that was then a Halliburton subsidiary.

The report said that soldiers and KBR contractors had “caused major damage to the city by digging, cutting, scraping and levelling.”

Steel stakes were driven into ancient walls, which included fragments with inscriptions from the time of King Nebuchadnezzar II, who ruled two-and-a-half millennia ago and is credited with building the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

A helicopter pad, roads and car parks were built and heavy vehicles devastated ancient brick roads, the report said.

KBR spokeswoman Heather Browne said that the firm would not comment before seeing the report.

Halliburton, of course, is the corporation of George W. Bush’s Vice President during the Iraq invasion, Dick Cheney.

UNESCO, the United Nations cultural organization, has issued a report outlining the extensive damage caused by US occupation forces in Iraq to the archeological site of ancient Babylon: here.

6 thoughts on “Cheney’s destruction of Babylon

  1. Hanging Gardens Of Babylon Damaged By US Troops: UN Report

    July 31st, 2009 – 10:35 pm ICT by GD

    In the year 2003 United States invaded Iraq and in the process damaged one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The particular site was converted by the US troops into a camp; the Camp Alpha. This is being claimed by a new report from the United Nations. In fact UNESCO is the appropriate publisher of the report and it has gone on to mention that how this historical site has been severely damaged by the troops. UNESCO is United Nation’s cultural arm.

    Some very famous structures namely, the Ishtar gate has been damaged in the process, claims the report. The report mentions that, “Damage to the gate includes smashed bricks on nine of the bodies of the animals adorning the gate.”

    In fact CNN has reported that the report goes on to mention how the troops had damaged this magnificent structure of historical and cultural eminence by “digging, cutting, scrapping and leveling” the site. This world famous site was constructed during 600B.C. king Nebuchadnezzar II as a token of love for his supposedly sick wife.

    The Processional way, which is another major part of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon have also been damaged, according to the same report. Now it seems that the US taxpayer’s money would be spent in it’s reconstruction as the US government has promised to spend around $800,000 for its proper reconstruction. The US has no other option than this, as the world media and general public have reacted sharply to this news about one of the world’s most magnificent places of historical significance being damaged in this fashion.


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