Surprisingly, we see a great deal of compassion and concern coming from the West for Palmyra. Yes, we should all be concerned. This is grave. And Syria’s rich heritage is in danger. But the West’s concern? Give me a break. Was there ANY concern when in the lead up to the Iraq invasion, in January 2003, some sixty New York based collectors and dealers by the name of “American Council for Cultural Policy” met with Mr. Bush and discussed ways to loot Iraq’s artifacts by suggesting that once the country was invaded, there should be more lax antiquities laws – antiquities they subsequently stole?
How about the destruction of a civilization by American forces, the helicopters which have sandblasted the brick façade of the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon from 605 to 562 BC. – the utter destruction of one of the best know civilizations – the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Parthians, Sassanids, and Muslims, all part of Iraq’s culture and contributors to humanity?
Incidentally, not long ago, the Western media (parroted by non-Western media) was holding ISIL accountable for the destruction of antiquities in Iraq – what a convenient way to hide their crimes.
Now, after destroying Syria, having failed to assault it militarily even after all the lies about chemical weapons, they want to ‘total mobilisation’ to save Palmyra?