Six years after US-UK invasion:
Iraq remains a country robbed of its precious heritage
Most countries in the world were against this war, but they couldn’t
speak out their minds due to political, economic and other reasons.
There were passionate pleas from political and religious leaders,
including the then Pope, against the war. Political activists,
intellectuals and men and women from all walks of life, from Sydney,
Melbourne and Jakarta to London, Paris. Berlin, Rome and cities all over
the US, came out in their thousands in the shivering cold to demonstrate
their opposition to the war.
after the United States led invasion Iraq remains a country
robbed of its very valuable heritage carefully preserved
over several centuries and all valuable documents to ensure
the smooth functioning of a society burnt and destroyed.
Yet former President George Bush dispatched his troops to invade
Iraq. One of the first things the invading troops did was to plunder its
precious heritage when its national museums and archives were robbed of
their priceless relics and documents.
Under this well-organised cultural crime, described as “the worst
cultural catastrophe of all time”, US soldiers stood by and watched, as
invaluable historic artefacts were openly robbed from the Iraqi National
Museum in Baghdad. Earlier US troops did nothing to stop the pillaging
of Babylon, the cradle of civilisation regarded as one of the seven
wonders of the world, when looters removed precious items for more than
two weeks. A pattern of looting began everywhere the day the US troops
entered the area.
Archaeologist and Guide, Ahmed Al Ibrahim stated that “looters
entered on the same day when the US troops arrived. Museum authorities
and archaeologists transferred many of their cherished heirlooms of
Babylon into the vaults of Baghdad’s National Museum for safety but,
there too, these items were looted systematically the day US troops
entered the city”.
Within weeks around 170,000 items, including the Warqa Vase of 3500
BC, the bull’s head of Ur and the squatting Akkadian King of 2300BC,
were missing. Lamenting over this pillage, British MP Boris Johnson,
also the editor of The Spectator, cried his heart out when he said, “it
fills me with rage to think that at least some of the spoils of Iraq’s
National Museum will, in all likelihood, end up as the bibelots in the
brownstone of some bankers in New York”.
How can the US accuse the people of looting because Dr. Irving Finkle
of the Ancient Near East Department of the British Museum pointed out
that “at least four of the looted objects were so vast - such as a
larger-than-life sculpture of an Assyrian king - that it would have
taken a fork-lift to move them”?
The question is who robbed them? Within days it became clear that
American journalists and certainly invading troops were involved in this
shameful robbery. Just to cite few examples, America’s Fox News Channel
fired Benjamin Johnson who was caught smuggling twelve paintings and
undeclared Iraqi bounds while Boston Herald reporter Jules Crittenden
tried to smuggle a painting and a wall ornament. Subsequently most of
these precious items end up in America and Israel with black marketers
thriving on the rape of the world’s oldest civilisation. In yet another
well-planned cultural crime against humanity, Bush’s cruise missiles,
bunker busters and other weapons of mass destruction also destroyed
Iraq’s legal system overnight when valuable documents such as birth
certificates, land titles, criminal records, marriage certificates,
business agreements, school records, vehicle registrations and even
drivers’ licenses were used by US troops as campfire fodder.
Cultural crime and destruction had been systematic, and the US Army’s
Judge Advocate General (JAG) Captain Joe Fitzgerald said they would
assist in establishing the court system on a Kosovo style model - under
its policy of first destroy and then build by American companies with
Iraqi money . But six years later today the legal system remains in
shamble in Iraq where law and order not only collapsed but almost
disappeared as the gangs trained, armed and financed by America were
allowed to take the law into their hands.