Skip to comments.Islamic Library Burned to the Ground [Fisk ALERT]
Posted on 04/14/2003 2:40:24 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
BAGHDAD, 15 April 2003 So yesterday was the burning of books. First came the looters, then came the arsonists. It was the final chapter in the sack of Baghdad. The National Library and Archives a priceless treasure of Ottoman historical documents including the old royal archives of Iraq were turned to ashes in 3,000 degrees of heat. Then the Islamic Library of Qurans at the Ministry of Religious Endowment was set ablaze. I saw the looters.
One of them cursed me when I tried to reclaim a book of Islamic law from a boy who could have been no more than 10 years old. Amid the ashes of hundreds of years of Iraqi history, I found just one file blowing in the wind outside: Pages and pages of handwritten letters between the court of Sherif Hussein of Makkah who started the Arab revolt against the Turks for Lawrence of Arabia and the Ottoman rulers of Baghdad.
And the Americans did nothing. All over the filthy yard they blew, letters of recommendation to the courts of Arabia, demands for ammunition for Ottoman troops, reports on the theft of camels and attacks on pilgrims, all of them in delicate hand-written Arabic script. I was holding in my hands the last Baghdad vestiges of Iraqs written history. But for Iraq, this is Year Zero; with the destruction of the antiquities in the Museum of Archaeology on Saturday and the burning of the National Archives and then the Quranic library of the ministry, the cultural identity of Iraq is being erased.
Why? Who set these fires? For what insane purpose is this heritage being destroyed? When I caught sight of the Quranic library burning there were flames 100 feet high bursting from the windows I raced to the offices of the occupying power, the US Marines civil affairs bureau, to report what I had seen. An officer shouted to a colleague that this guy says some Biblical (sic) library is on fire. I gave the map location, the precise name in Arabic and English of the fire, I said that the smoke could be seen from three miles away and it would take only five minutes to drive there. Half an hour later, there wasnt an American at the scene and the flames were now shooting 200 feet into the air.
There was a time when the Arabs said that their books were written in Cairo, printed in Beirut and read in Baghdad. Now they burn libraries in Baghdad. In the National Archives were not just the Ottoman records of the caliphate, but even the dark years of the countrys modern history, hand-written accounts of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, an entire library of Western newspapers bound volumes of the Financial Times were lying on the pavement and microfiche copies of Arabic newspapers going back to the early 1900s.
Why didn't Fisk try to cry on it? He would have had it out in no time flat.
Uh, dude, we were fighting a WAR at the time. Too bad about the books but there were living people getting shot at at the time.
If you want to know why this was done, ask the damn looters. No American told them to go burn their own heritage down.
I thought all of the American soldiers had been informed that Saddam had plastic surgery and now looks exactly like Robert Fisk. They should shoot on sight. Didn't every one get the memo?
|Our troops give so much of themselves, and we all benefit from their efforts.
The next time you look at your bank balance, why not find some way to take some money and put it towards supporting the members of our armed services in some way? Maybe find a family who has someone serving, and buy them dinner, or some groceries, or a gift for their children? Maybe find a way to contribute to a fund for the memory of any of those who have fallen? Our armed forces deserve our support in tangible ways.
Correct: these are the values of people that choose socialism over personal responsibility and fascist dictatorship over human dignity and fredom.
And you, Mr. Fisk, are one of the main admirers of that choice.
Where were the humans shields?
I probably shouldn't laugh as Fisk is a prime example of the sickening lengths much of the left has gone to, supported, and approved of in the name of being the opposition.
For what insane purpose, Fisk, were airliners slammed into buildings? Discover the answer to that riddle, Fisk, and you will know the answer to your question!
That's a really funny image.
This aging angry queen trying to take a book from a 10-year-old and getting chased away by some screaming arab.
Fisk probably wet himself.
Bingo! He doesn't care about anything or anyone as long as he gets a story and the story paints the United States in a poor light.
Translation: "I got caught trying to steal a book from a child and one of the adults scolded me".
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