US occupiers compared to Mongol looters
An influential British Muslim thinktank has compared the looting and vandalism of historical Baghdad during the American invasion to that of the Mongol occupation in 1258.
The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) organised a conference in London attended by the mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and leading Iraqi historians, architects and economists. The aim of the conference was to build stronger relations between the Muslim community in London and the wider British society.
|It must be those pyramids of skulls we keep building along the Tigris... |
Anas Al-tikriti, director of MAB accused the occupation forces in Iraq of creating chaotic conditions in Baghdad similar to the Mongol invasion of the city in 1258. "The Mongol invasion of Iraq was one of the bloodiest and grimmest periods in the history of the country. Historians have documented that over one million transcripts were thrown into the river Tigris with the ink from books staining the river. Now once again we are seeing the cultural and historical vandalism of Baghdad."
|Yep. That's the way to do it. |
Posted by: Fred Pruitt 2003-10-17