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Demolishing 3,000 year old Wall of Nineveh to widen a public street!

ASHOOR

Administrator
Staff member
Just when we thought ISIS had done enough damage to our artefacts in Mosul and Nineveh in general, and that the page had been turned, seems like the ISIS mentality never left.

The municipality of Mosul decided to demolish parts of the Assyrian wall of Nineveh to make the adjacent street wider! Wow what an amazing move to make your city better! You left all other streets and came to this section and decided to knock down a historical treasure under this pretext? At least with ISIS we know why they did it: they are simply crazy. But what about this plan by the very city officials and workers. Or is a pretext to further erase any footprint of a former great empire and civilization?

What is next? The mayor of Rome is ordering the demolition of the Colosseum to make way for condos? Or Egyptian authorities deciding to bulldoze the pyramids and build a mall in its place ?

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Carlo

Active member
This sort of mentality didn't start with ISIS (recall how the National Museum was looted back in 2003 after Baghdad was liberated). Many Iraqis simply don't care.
 

ASHOOR

Administrator
Staff member
This sort of mentality didn't start with ISIS (recall how the National Museum was looted back in 2003 after Baghdad was liberated). Many Iraqis simply don't care.

agree. But there is a pattern with Mosul I guess, where a lot of Sunni Arab extremists simply don’t care, and even hate such artifacts from antiquity.

look to Babylon in comparison with majority Shi’tte population: no Babylonian artificers there has been touched, destroyed or tampered with (not withstanding small crimes here and there like looting of treasures and selling to the black market)
 

Cascade

Active member
Because these "Iraqnayeh" know deep inside that they have no affiliations to our ancient ancestors. Since so many of them claim ancestry to ancient Assyrians and Babylonians in spite of us. They know they're more tied with pre-Islamic Arabians and other groups. Assyrian monuments mean nothing to them.
 
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