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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] senesless yet purposeful...shame on us all. the reference to the sacking of baghdad by the monghols in 1258 is important, for it took iraq almost 700 years to recover from that. tony <<<<<<"This morning, the ashes were still smoldering at the Ministry for Religious Affairs, where a building housing thousands of Korans, many of them illuminated and hand written, several a thousand years old, had been burned to a charred shell. It was another severe blow to Iraq's 10,000 years of cultural history, along with the looting of the National Museum and the burning of the National Library, in which countless priceless artifacts and books were lost. "When Baghdad fell to the Mongols in 1258, these books survived," said Abdel Karim Anwar Obeid, 42, the ministry's general manager for administration. "And now they didn't survive. You can't put a price on this loss. "If you talk to any intellectual Muslims in the world, they are crying right now over this," he added>>>>. full article can be found below http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/16/international/worldspecial/16BAGH.html _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk