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.

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