Babylon’s Ancient Wonder, Lying in Ruins

*Got this from whatreallyhappened. Think about it. If you do not want mankind to know its roots, what are you going to do?? I weep for these antiquities, for this is what I was most interested in. My heart breaks.*

One of the great crimes committed against the people of Iraq was the looting of the Baghdad Museum and the destruction of many important ancient sites inside Iraq.

I think that destruction of ancient sites is deliberate policy.

Egypt is literally littered with the ruins of the ancient temples and palaces of her rulers. As much as has been found, it is estimated that only 1/3 of Egypt’s archeological wonders have been uncovered. A newly discovered temple was uncovered while digging a sewer line, and a cache of finely preserved mummies was literally stumbled over by a cow in a pasture.

Iraq’s ancient heritage was enshrined in its ancient sites and museum. As a result of the war, many of those sites have been damaged or destroyed. Part of the ancient city or Ur now lies underneath a US air base runway. Nebuchadnezzar’s palace now lies underneath a US-built parking lot. The treasures of the museum have only partly been recovered. The treasures from the looted archaeological sites have been scattered to the world.

All of this wealth of archaeological treasures must of course annoy Israel. We are raised from birth with Old Testament tales of the greatness of the ancient Israelites, of the powerful kingdoms of Solomon and David and the first temple. Yet Israel, while rich in antiquities, is almost totally devoid of artifacts from this supposedly glorious time in her history. The existence of the fabled First Temple was supported with just two artifacts, a carved staff ornament in the shape of a pomegranate and the Jehoash tablet. Both of these artifacts have been exposed as frauds. We are told that once there was a magnificent temple on that hill, but it “all went away.”

The wonders emerging from the soil of Egypt, Iraq, and Iran serve as a constant reminder that ancient buildings of such a scale as we are told the First Temple was simply do not vanish without a trace.
There is considerable reason to suspect that the tales told in the Old Testament are just that; tales. The Bible is not science, it is the collected stories of a primitive tribal people telling each other how important they are. And like fishermen talking about the one that got away, or Ramses with his temple carvings of the did-not-really-happen victory over the Hittites at Kadesh, the writers of the ancient testaments assumed that the people they were telling stories to had no way to verify the claims for themselves. So “embellishment” was a low-risk activity.

We do know from the available archaeological evidence that the Exodus probably actually happened to the Hyksos, not the Israelites. We know that the story of Moses is suspect because no Egyptian princess would hide a Hebrew child inside Pharaoh’s household, then give the kid a Hebrew name (“Moses” is actually an Egyptian title meaning “Prince” and is included in the names of many Pharaoh’s names such as Tut-Moses, Ah-Moses, Ra-Moses (Ramses) etc.)
Likewise, the story of Masada may be less than accurate. The remains found on the mountain were buried with pig bones, something no proper Jewish funeral would tolerate, which suggests that the bodies found and venerated as heroes of ancient Judea were actually those of dead Romans, for whom burial often involved animals as gifts to the spirit of the dead.

But a good story is a good story and the writers of the ancient texts were probably not thinking much further into the future than the guys who pen the “Celebrity dates space alien” stories you see at supermarket checkout lines. The fact that the celebrity is a real person does not prove the space alien exists. It’s just a story.
Given enough time, even a simple story written in jest can take on a life of its own. Scientology began as a bet between two science fiction writers; look how wide spread that has become in just a short time.

But, over time, entire religions with attendant wealth and power structures have been built on the premise that these old testament stories really happened exactly as written. And today, here in the 21st century world, science has started to catch up with these ancient legends and call many of them into doubt.

So, for a nation that justifies its existence on the writings of the Torah, the plethora of sites and artifacts confirming the ancient histories of Egypt, Iraq, Iran, etc. etc. etc. must seem a dire political threat for a nation whose own ancient history seems to have left little if any traces at all.

In that context, the strange behavior of the US military which posted guards around the Iraq oil ministry while bulldozing Iraq’s archaeological sites starts to make sense, if the supporters of a very insecure nation decide that leveling the archaeological playing field is preferable to allowing the obvious disparity in artifacts to remain visible to the world.

http://whatreallyhappened.com/

29 thoughts on “Babylon’s Ancient Wonder, Lying in Ruins

  1. Michelle Rose says:

    ‘ Those who win the wars write the history books.”

    No kiddin’. Looked at an American history textbook recently? Most, if not all, still treat the Gulf of Tonkin incident as a real occurance when in fact it was simply a pretext for LBJ to ramp up the Indochinese conflict into a full blown war. And what was that little skirmish about, really?

    Rubber tree plantations. That’s it. That’s all. The Big Three automakers were concerned that they wouldn’t have access to the necessary latex to make tires for their cars. The VietCong were torching the plantations because most of them were owned (or operated) by Goodyear and BF Goodrich and they were screwing the peasants who had lived and worked there for generations. So the absentee landlords (and the corrupt government of Nguyen Van Thieu) appealed to LBJ and he delivered, by golly. It had absolutely nothing to do with halting the advance of communism in Southeast Asia (Domino Theory, anyone?) and everything to do with $$$.

    The list goes on. And on and on… This is why it’s important to question EVERYTHING. Raise your hand in class and demand to know the source, the author, the reference, anything. Doubt it. Question it. Demand answers and if you don’t get them, find out for yourself.

    And, even then, take it with a really BIG grain of salt.

    Say: about the size of your head.

    Michelle

    • heidilore says:

      Quite accurate, Michelle…

    • There’s a difference between “knowledge” and wisdom. Knowledge is what we’re “taught”, all of which is subject to what someone else has been taught. BUt wisdom is exclusive to each of us as individuals because it is based on EXPERIENCE. And wisdom is never wrong. You’re right Michele…keep questioning. But more important, get out there and experience the truth of life for yourself…

  2. I BELIEVE A LOT OF YOUR STATEMENTS OF FACT ARE BASICALLY CONJECTURE ABOUT THE BIBLE AND ISRAEL

  3. soapbox truth says:

    There are many stories. There is One God.
    And the Word who is God became flesh to tell us His Story.
    That story has ONE theme: Love.

    You and I are created to crave that Love, and to receive it.

    The “testament writers” whom you bash have far more credibility, longevity–and certainly more zeal for reporting accuracy– than the zealous detractor.

    YOUR knees, too, will bow to Jesus. Will it now, so you can stand with Him . In the scope of Eternity, all your other gods are dung.

    He wants nothing of yours, but all of You.

    • heidilore says:

      We shall see…amusing you have a .gov address, though.

      Nuff said.

      • soapbox truth says:

        Do you partially display the “never displayed” addresses of other commentators also? WOW.
        Employees of any stripe–including .gov/s–often have lunch breaks. I won’t use mine here, after this :)….

    • Organon says:

      Only a deity as perverse as the one you describe would create beings with complete autonomy of will and then elect to punish them for exercising it. And really… What do your comments have to do with the blog? The thrust of it is an ethical one: Whether destruction of archaeological treasures is deliberate or not. But somehow you see the need to interject your theological point.

  4. WAYNE ROCHAT says:

    you will burn in hell if you dont repent

    • heidilore says:

      Whose hell? I am already there, having to deal with you people!

    • Organon says:

      You guys have been making this same threat in variable form for two thousand years. Give it up. It’s a lie belched out by a desert faith spawned by a minority in the Roman Empire. This is absurd. Truly absurd.

  5. Martha Lambert says:

    It’s funny that “whatreallyhappened” KNOWS what really happened and “sees” a plot by social conservatives? the military? Christians? the Jews? to destroy antiquities in Iraq to cover-up where civilization really began! That’s hilarious! Merely theoretical musings. Theoretical…..musings…. Yikes, is this a conspiracy theory from the left? Tell me it ain’t so! No, No, No, it’s the right that’s delusional and sees a conspiracy behind every rock! Don’t we all KNOW that by now? And to suggest that Israel has antiquity-envy—-what next? Tsk, tsk. Martha Lambert

  6. chadoates says:

    Very interesting article, I also agree with the article for the most part that ancient treasures should not be so carelessly forgotten about… Well, tough to describe my exact views in a comment, but still, the original writer is very talented!

  7. Casey R Williams says:

    Religions and ideologies have always tried to destroy evidence of competing ideas. Why did the Europeans melt down the gold they found in the Americas? Was it because they didn’t see the value of the images and inscriptions, or because their orthodoxy was threatened by them?

  8. jeff says:

    I do not care.

  9. As a strong lover of archeological I enjoyed your observations. Although I fail to see the link between Israels archeology and the destruction opf Iraqi archeology.
    History, both ancient and modern, is replete with myths. One historian linked the changed social fabric after world War I to the grabbing hold and misapplying of einsteins theories to justify a relativistic cultue. There are as many mythis in East and West today as there were in the past.
    I think the real question is whether the myths and stories empower and unify cultures and humanity or whether they are misapplied to justify extemism and isolation.

  10. If you take a look at the history books they pass out in schools, besides being heavily edited by special interest groups (liberal and Conservative). They are full of grammatical and spelling errors. Get names, Dates and Events Wrong. And my favorite, plain out twist the truth to the limit. But I guess that’s what you get, when conformity is more important than Individualism. If you don’t care about your own history, Why would care about anybody’s history? Hey Michelle I agree about LBJ being an Idiot.

  11. Dixon Cox says:

    As for crimes committed against the people of Iraq I use the poison gas attack on the town of Halabja as the standard for comparison (3200 – 5000 dead on the spot and 7000 – 10000 injured). Say what you want about Saddam but he got shit done! The fate of Iraq’s old buildings would rank pretty low when compared to this incident. Even if you don’t care about the people just think of the environmental impact.

    While the article was interesting, it was all over the board on subject matter and appears to be written by someone who is not totally up on all the facts. (Hiding in a bunker can do that to a person.)

    First of all, Ali Air Base while now being used mostly by the US Military was here before they arrived. If any of Ur is buried by the airstrip it was done by the government of Iraq and not the US military.

    Second, I would seriously doubt that the military would bulldoze an archaeological site as part of a Jewish historical cover up! I can see the Ziggurat of Ur from where I am and it’s surrounding sites, including the possible location of the house of history’s earliest dead beat dad, Abraham and there is not a bull dozer in sight.

    What Really Happened also fails to mention is that it’s the locals who loot these sites and not just in Iraq but all over the world. It is a good source of income for the people and who can blame them for taking advantage of this source of revenue. The credibility of a site called What Really Happened should be given as much consideration as a Burger shack claiming their food is World Famous!

    While these old buildings are fun to observe lets not forget that the new is build on the ruins of the old, archaeological evidence proves this so we go against the natural order in trying to preserve this stuff. Armies destroy things and civilizations build things on and from the ruins.

    Also remember that any douche bag can put on black eyeliner and sing about death and destruction but it takes someone with real vision to go out and actually do it!

    Life sucks but I like it that way!

    • Most Despots and Dictators are efficient at removing people. You raise a good point, New buildings/ villages are usually built in the same general area as older structures. And we must not forget. When people go out of there way to remove parts of there heritage. destroying buildings, monuments and records.

  12. Dennis Burnham says:

    In the main I agree, but one thing that has been overlooked here is that the Great Man, Saddam Hussein himself did more damage to the ancient site of Babylon than the Coalition forces. He reconstructed his own grandiose version of what the ancient city would have looked like, along with all the requisite plinths in his own honor – on top of the original ruins! Some landmarks, like the Lion, and the Street of Processions, were spared, but in the main, the Coalition gets more than its fair share of the blame for Babylon. So does the US. Babylon was occupied by the Multinational Division, Central South, and was mainly comprised of Polish troops. In all there were 29 nationalities there, and very few Americans.

  13. Abe Bird says:

    HEIDILORE ;
    ALL THE HISTORICAL FACTS AND ASSUMPTIONS YOU BRING ARE WRONG AND VOID. I CAN’T SEE EVEN ONE CASE WHICH YOU RAISE THAT IS BASED ON FACTS AND EVIDENCE. SOME ‘EVIDENCES’ WHICH YOU BRING ON YOU ARTICLE ARE NOT EVIDENCES AT ALL. I TEND TO SEE YOU AS A LAYMAN REGARDING THE HISTORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE OLD TESTIMONY.

  14. akincitr says:

    thank you for this information. I hope u ll go on helping us to learn this kind of important issues

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