Sunday, January 16, 2005

Ancient Babylon a Victim of War

The ancient city of Babylon has become a casualty of war in the Middle East where U.S. and Polish coalition forces stationed themselves, using the ancient site as a military depot for the past two years, as reported by Rory McCarthy and Maev Kennedy, writers for "The Guardian".

Babylon was chosen as the site for the US military base in April 2003, just after the invasion of Iraq. I must point out that "The Guardian" is a liberal, anti-Iraq war, newspaper, its articles biased against the U.S. and its allies. However, the facts cannot be disputed.

As a history major, this disturbs me. Yes, this is Babylon, a city that was occupied by King Nebuchadnezzar in the Old Testament. "Babylon is a city renowned for its beauty and splendour a thousand years before Europe built anything comparable," according to the article.

This situation brings to mind the fact that even historical sites can be destroyed on this earth and preserved in history books, a very unfortunate fact. Cynics reading this will think, nothing lasts forever.

Archaeologists are protesting the desecration and have called for an investigation. Polish troops have since turned over the site to museum officials. Just a casualty of war, among thousands of other atrocities.

A profound thought is realized here, that a site that has survived human machinations for thousands of years can be destroyed in two years, a testament to this world's meme of "destroy or be destroyed", a parasidic attitude that has infected our civilization.

Perhaps what is left can be preserved for future generations to visit and study. It's a maudlin thought that future historians must relegate themselves to reading about the ancient city, rather than touch the edifices and stones that were touched by an ancient civilization of ages past.


Blogger Jude Nagurney Camwell said...

The President of the US has said, in an interview at the Washington Post, that the fact that he won the 2004 election was a "ratification" of his approach toward Iraq (along the destruction of so much precious history). I couldn't agree less. He should be ashamed to try to excuse his ugly policy in the name of the entirety of the American people. I made comment on your post at my webiste.

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Blogger Patty Ann Smith said...

Sapere Aude - This breaks my heart as well. Even before it happened, I prayed it wouldn't.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Babylon was a shithole before the U.S. & Polish troops got there. Maybe 1,000 years ago it was a nice place to visit, but not recently.

It always amuses me how the Left can decry the destruction of such historical cities, but manage to keep mum for the last 30 years while Saddam killed about 300,000 of his own people in those historical cities.

I guess philosophy and history will always be more important than people to the bleeeding-heart.

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