February 18, 2007 |
THIS TIME AROUND, when the Bush administration presented "intelligence" from unidentified sources about a dangerous foe in the Middle East, the American media was noticeably more skeptical. Eager to redeem themselves for the generally obsequious reporting about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction and ties to Al Qaeda, journalists don't want to get fooled again as the administration lays the groundwork for a possible war against Iran.
December 29, 2005 |
The myth of a unified Iraqi identity may have finally been laid to rest this month. More clearly than any other measurement since the U.S.-led 2003 invasion, preliminary results from the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections show Iraq as three lands with three distinct identities, divided by faith, goals, region, history and symbols. Iraqis of all stripes say they are the descendants of Mesopotamia, the glorious great-grandchildren of the cradle of civilization.
September 2, 1990 |
Daniel Patrick Moynihan's "On the Law of Nations," to be published on Sept. 12 by Harvard University Press, is the companion, if not quite the sequel, to his 1988 "Came the Revolution: Argument in the Reagan Era" (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich). The two deal, respectively, with foreign and domestic affairs. Both claim that the conservatism of the Reagan-Bush years has been the wreckage, not the restoration, of American traditions.
November 13, 2003 |
The massive stone sculpture -- part bull, part bird, part man -- was designed to instill awe among those approaching the king's throne room in the ancient Mesopotamian city of Dur-Sharrukin. It still inspires awe, even in the relatively smaller confines of the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago.
October 4, 1992 |
An idled brick factory and nylon sheets flapping in the wind above a Mesopotamian ruin are symbols of the collapse of Iraq's efforts to save its ancient cultural heritage. Hampered by a lack of cash and crippled by Gulf War sanctions, Iraqi scholars and conservation experts say they are losing the battle to save what is left of the Mesopotamian civilization of 6,000 years ago.
June 20, 2005 |
If anything good has come of wartime pillage in Iraq, it's a vastly increased appreciation for the nation's cultural heritage. That point is made in the new book "The Looting of the Iraq Museum, Baghdad: The Lost Legacy of Ancient Mesopotamia." And Donny George, director of the embattled museum, couldn't agree more. "Many people did not know about Iraq," George said, speaking by cellphone from Baghdad.