17,000 artefacts returned to Iraq by the USA.
The insurrection in South Africa became a looter’s paradise and the mayhem incurred the wrath of angry citizens from the Gauteng to Kwazulu Natal. In the wake of the looting frenzy that ensnared members of the South African Police Service, CEOs, wealthy people and the vast masses of South Africa to steal it brought to light that man is a brute in the absence of law and order! Self defence units in Phoenix killed thirty people. The failed insurrection was taken over by a criminal element and citizens that protected their life and property were entrapped in a cycle of violence that became a racist issue. South Africa was on the edge of tyranny but, survives on the periphery of life and on the precipice of a cliff. Looters won the day but lost the war on poverty. USA in Iraq was a mass looting game too that brought Iraq into the tyranny. Looting Iraq was not the work of civilians but, the artful ploy of people and power.
People and power are reasons for the envy of other peoples resources keeping consumerism as our god. This said, we have to ask the question why would people loot their heritage? USA soldiers looked on as looters ransacked Iraqi museums and archaeological sites and they did nothing. Today, the cradle of civilisation looks like a pile of rubble because we were sold a story that Iraq had WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) and the people were the not the civilised lot of the world. Alas! when the dogs of war were let loose, the culture of the Iraqi people came to the fore. A case in point was the museum and archeological sites which bear testimony of a people who have a keen sense of national pride and preservation of their identity, history and culture. When the looters started their crime against humanity, it opened the world’s eyes to how the dogs of war work to annihilate a peoples’ history.
When a peoples’ history is deliberately targeted for demolition then you must know that the sinister plot of war is not to bring peace, but a means to create a world order that would not include the people whose history is demolished and demonised. The right of return of Iraqi artefacts from across Europe, USA, Britain and other countries bespeak of a clear intention to relieve them of guilt. Yes! Because over the past two years this story has been making bigger headlines and like an unearthed archaeological find, people are beginning to realise that the Iraqi invasion was never just about WMD but, a host of other reasons to destabilise the Middle East and to usher in the ‘Clash of Civilisations’. Alas! it is happening now because the clash is not a war but, the clash is one that shows ignorance against truth. Many millions of people have the perception that Iraq was a dustbowl and a land of hopelessness, poverty, anarchy, poor infrastructure and forsaken human values. Now that Iraq is exposed like a statue on a solid pedestal at the entrance of a museum, people are realising that here is a people who are refined, organised, cultured, intelligent and have great vision. It is shocking the world. The minds of people are looted of their intelligence and the sight of thousand year old sculpture that speaks volumes of its peoples’ greatness survives to confirm today’s ignorance.
Greatness has a presence of awe in museums and archaeological sites. My experience at such places leave you with implacable feeling because you want to know more, learn more, understand more and to relive a bygone era exultancy. My first step into the grand museum of Egypt left me with an insuperable consciousness of a people that were highly sophisticated and their intercalation for humanity was invention, innovation, planning and design for a future. It was an unbelievable sentience of awe in the chamber that housed the mummies because it manifested the irrefragable autonomy of Kings over their subjects who established an empire that is still sought after by the so called world powers of today. Hence, the looting of history is part of diminishing a peoples’ history and establishing a severe identity crisis. This identity crisis then feeds the frenzy of imitating everything foreign and adulterated and the quintessence of self-worth is discarded to the bin. Therefore, for me it is no surprise that priceless artefacts are still within the museums of the West and with private collectors who are are no billionaires but, gloried thieves and legendary looters. When a peoples’ roots are cut off from their history, decay sets in faster and dominion over them becomes the nexus of a new world order.
Original manuscripts looted and burnt. The tenacity of Iraq is that it converted the Moguls to Islam after invasion.
It was the Moguls who began a new world order under the might of Genghis Khan and Iraq became the eye of the storm. The looting of Iraq’s artefacts and libraries then and now is congruent. The congruency lies in diminishing Islam and the cradle of civilisation that predates this cancerous capitalistic order. Gilgamesh is a epic poem written in the late 2nd millennium BC. It bespeaks of an intelligent people whose high order thinking and literary ingenuity were far ahead of its time. Today, the ‘the Dream Tablet’ of Gilgamesh has been returned to Iraq so that the rebuilding of Iraq’s museums can be refined. However, do you know about the Royal Library of Ashurbanipal? It is the library named after the great king, Ashurbanipal in what is known as Iraq today. Ashurbanipal, was the the last king of Assyrian Empire. According to Wikipedia: “The Royal Library is a collection of more than 30,000 clay tablets and fragments containing texts of all kinds from the 7th century BC, including texts in various languages. Among its holdings was the famous Epic of Gilgamesh.” This astounding collection of ‘books’ was ‘taken’ to England and can still be found in the British Museum. Austen Henry Layard is credited for discovering this in Iraq and without consent of the Iraqi authorities, he made arrangements to take it to England. This, for me, is looting and why do the British not return this to the Iraqi people is a question you have to ask.
The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal in the British Museum.
These brutal questions have to asked and answers must be given because the media and all its allies have always stereotyped Iraq and surrounding lands as barbaric and uncivilised. Civilisation in the west is pivoted on the splendid museums that house human greatness but, when such museums are found in the East, the word ‘discovery’ is played to illustrate a kind of superiority over a conquered people. This is looting of a different kind and it is done to engender the narrative of the west as the bastion of civilisation. Your mind should be altered on what looting really is as well. It is not the only reality of what we saw recently in South Africa or how thieves and looters stole from libraries and museums in Iraq. Looting of national treasures is part of a global agenda to ensure superiority of west over east. I am convinced that the Iraqi professionals working in the museums and libraries know their craft and would want their treasures back. However, it seems that only when their treasures are archived and showcased in western museums it has a stature of great symbolism. With the return of 17,000 artefacts to Iraq the telling sign is that the USA knew what they were doing just like how the Moguls knew what they were doing.They were looting the history of a great nation. Returning the lost treasures to an unstable country is just another excuse to buy influence and create dependency. This is what, I believe, the new found courage of the Iraqi professionals are fighting because they don’t want their minds looted.
Dr Geoffrey Roper writes an in-depth research on the fate of manuscripts in Iraq. The research points to fact that Islamic cultural identities in the form of manuscripts and books were looted. This unspeakable crime illustrates an attack on Islam and its people such that it manifests an agenda beyond regime change or regime decapitation. He writes:
Islamic manuscripts were to suffer a much worse fate elsewhere during the 1990s. In Bosnia in 1992, Serbian forces deliberately targeted the Oriental Institute in Sarajevo with incendiary shells and succeeded in burning it to the ground. Its entire collection of 5263 manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Bosnian and Hebrew was destroyed, together with even greater numbers of Ottoman documents and registershttps://muslimheritage.com/fate-of-manuscripts-iraq-elsewhere/
When this is put into perspective it is not strange to note that Iraq had to be portrayed to the world as place bereft of sophistication and civilised standards that is very comparable to what we see and hear in the west. Do you know Dār Al-Makhtūtāt Al-‘Irāqīya (Iraqi Centre For Manuscripts)? This is the Islamic world’s most important collection of manuscripts. It has more than 40,000 manuscripts. The forward thinking of Usāma al-Naqshabandī saved it from destruction when in December 2002 he transferred it to a bomb shelter. One has to credit the building of these bomb shelters because it was engineered well enough to store delicate manuscripts in under good conditions. This shows again that the Iraqi people were advancing in all spheres and were not developing WMDs. The lie of WMD was the biggest loot of the mass media because it led to an invasion that crippled a country. It put Iraq in an abyss of misery, social dislocation, despair, poverty and destruction where it’s disarmament was part of a bigger political game.
Hans Blix, in his book, Disarming Iraq. The search of WMD cites the following statement made on 9 July 2003, by Joseph Cirincione, director of the non-proliferation project at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington:
In the light of the past three months of fruitless searches by U.S., British, and Austrialian experts, UNMOVIC inspection process in Iraq now looks much better than critics at the time claimed.Hans Blix. Disarming Iraq. The search of WMD, page 272
This clearly shows that there were no WMDs at all. At best, the inspection might have stymied the development of WMDs in Iraq by Saddam Hussein but, the looting of Iraq was a war strategy. One has to ask why and how so many great artefacts landed in the land of the White House and why is it that the White House is making every attempt to get 17,000 artefacts back into Iraq. Disarming Iraq too, was a stratagem of war therefore, when Iraq was looted by its own people for collectors and museums abroad it reflected the full circle of how subjugation defeats the moral compass. In this defeat, man becomes beast and is controlled by the whip, cannons and bombs. Iraq suffered from within and continues do so because the thieves of Baghdad weakened the resolve of government and people in the main. What we have today is a resurgence of ancient credibility of a people that were once leaders and game changers. The road is long but, the history of the ancient will make Iraq great again. The looters, like the Moguls who became Muslim, I believe the Americans who plundered too, will one day embrace the truth and turn on the very powers that made them loot a great nation.
Iraq must be great because it withstood so many tragedies, incursions, invasions, dictatorships but it never fails to reveal itself as a place of Quranic and Biblical importance. The looters had their day but it ended the day they traded truth for falsehood therefore, from the White House to the museums of Britain the evidence of the thieves of Baghdad remain only to shame the world. In the name of democracy theft became the medallion of discovery and human life held less value than a statue of the past that survived without a head.
The South African who looted on the excuse of hunger and the Iraqi who looted for a museum abroad tells you that, “Each person’s private trouble cannot be solved by a social revolution.” according to Jordan Peterson. It is hoped therefore that every leader from the White House to Downing Street and beyond realise that their private troubles will not be solved by the social revolutions they engineer in other countries. The loot of Iraq is returning but, if your mind is looted of sense there is no return to sanity for you.