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
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.