In the last six months, as the Iraqi gov­ern­ment so­lid­i­fies its victory over al-Qaida’s mur­der­ers, Sad­dam’s thugs and Ira­nian-backed gangs, there are tan­ta­liz­ing signs Iraq’s tourist in­dus­try has be­gun to re­vive. In Fe­bru­ary, Iraq re-opened its Na­tional Mu

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Agri­cul­tural Revo­lu­tion? We grow food. We’ve wa­ter. And the coun­try should be filled with tourists. There is so much to see, so much his­tory. I have al­ways wanted to own a ho­tel in Baby­lon. Maybe, you think, in 10 years?”

“Maybe,” I nod­ded. His was a head­quar­ters of Poland’s con­tin­gent. The Poles had an arche­ol­o­gist at­tached to their staff and — when the brief­ings and plan­ning ses­sions ended — the Pol­ish com­man­der in­sisted we walk through the spec­tac­u­lar ru­ins with the arche­ol­o­gist as a guide. claimed he was a new Ne­buchad­nez­zar, couldn’t leave Baby­lon alone. “Build­ing it dam­aged the ru­ins. No way it didn’t,” I said.

“It’s sure there,” the sol­dier replied — one of the most suc­cinct ar­chi­tec­tural damnations I’ve ever heard.

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