Monday, January 17, 2005

Babylon: See it Soon, or Miss it Forever

In disheartening news, the British Museum reports that US-led forces (yes, Mr. President, I recall Poland) have caused irreparable damage to the ancient city of Babylon. Sandbags have been filled with precious archaeological fragments and 2,600 year-old paving stones have been crushed by tanks, a museum report claims. Ironically, American troops occupied the site in April 2003, initially to protect it from looters and vandals.

Thus, we have one of the most significant archeological sites in the history of the world, and the US (and its pals -- don't forget Poland) is ruining it. This is one more reason that maybe Pres. Bush ought to reconsider his "stay the course" idea.