The Prez’s recent speech cleared up everything (except the location of Lois Lerner’s emails). He explained how our Marines and Soldiers and Sailors and Airmen have not sacrificed their lives, limbs and psyches in vain. He explained how we are not sending any ground troops back into Iraq. Everything is perfectly clear to me now. His speeches are always very helpful.
Speaking of Iraq, did you know it is the true cradle of civilization. It is probably the location of the Garden of Eden, the true birthplace of man (not that gorge where Lucy’s body parts were found spread all over a miles wide location and from geologic layers separated by hundreds of feet). Abraham’s hometown is there as are most ancient cities mentioned in the Bible. The ancient cultures of Babylon (under both Hammurabi and a thousand years later, Nebuchadnezzar) were located there. Some cultures we never knew existed until recently, were there. For example the tell of Ebla is there in which were found thousands of clay tablets containing ancient royal records of everything we record today. Music, law, medicine, art, engineering, government administration (yes…even then) is all there and we never knew the kingdom/culture existed until late in the last century. The discovery of Ebla pushed our understanding of when writing was developed back a thousand years. The ruins of ancient Nineveh are there with the Assyrian royal library, which includes the incredibly enlightened records of a king named Ashurbanipal who, proud of his love of learning, recorded everything about his native culture and also recorded, in side-by-side translations, the accumulated culture of other lands and people. (Interestingly, he mentions he had read the writings carved on stone tablets by authors who lived before “the flood,” which is very strange if …the Flood of Noah never happened as many “Biblical experts” assert modernly.)
Since I’m not one for needless fact checking, especially when these ancient kingdoms mentioned were not always located within the boundaries of the modern nations we associate them with and since they often overlapped and intermingled and were sometimes separated by hundreds of years, I may have them located in Iraq, when they are actually in Syria today, or some other mapping mistake of that sort. But the point is much larger than geographic mapping minutiae. The point is “What Happened.” What happened to the “Cradle of Civilization?”
Why does modern Iraq and most of the middle east look like a dusty hell-hole where the worst sort of sectarian violence is the standard fare and the cultures seem unbelievably barbaric and backward? Some television pundit mentioned recently the violent hatred seen between the main religious groups in Iraq and the middle east seems to have started about 1300 years ago. The commentator didn’t offer any opinion as to what triggered the hatred, but if you have a history book that predates the current and widespread stupidity that we call political correctness, you can see who was born about that time and things should become clear.