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And they told us the Taliban were vandals

11 June 2007

After the Taliban used historic Buddha statues for artillery practice, the Western media castigated them as vandals, and when Afghanistan was invaded it was difficult to feel sorry for them.

But the Taliban’s vandalism is small change compared to the Bush/Blair “Coalition of the willing”.

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.

Read more about how British and American collusion in the pillaging of Iraq’s heritage is a scandal that will outlive any passing conflict here and here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. 12 June 2007 12:15 am

    I haven’t time to read the links at the moment (I’ll try and get back later), yet I don’t doubt you’re right. Undoubtedly another example of the double standards and the drip drip effect (maybe more of a gushing torrent in the case of iraq) that slowly fuels disillusionment and anger.

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