Babylon wrecked?

According to a report by the British Musuem, the ancient site of Babylon in Iraq has been wrecked by US and Polish soldiers who have been using the base as a camp. If this is true it is typical of the cultural arrogance/ignorance which seems to have beset this war from the outset.

However, I urge caution: I blogged here last year about the looting of the Iraq Museum and bought the line that hundreds of thousands of artifacts were lost. However, the truth turned out to be less dramatic. As David Aaronovitch said at the time, “you cannot say anything too bad about the Yanks and not be believed”. I hope he’s right.


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  1. Interesting that the BBC radio report, which gave quite a bit of time to this story, was angled in a “if we stop now, the damage can be repaired” way. The main complaint seemed to be that the academics had not been spoken to by the military authorities, and given that the site was about to be handed back to the Iraqis, there was little confidence that the communications would improve.

    Agitation by the Museum in a good cause? 

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