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Babylon Heritage Site
Destroyed Entirely
by Americans
被摧毁的古巴比伦遗迹

20 August 2009
 

引狼入室的下场

(The consequence of dancing with wolves - A hard lesson for all those who seek America's assistance in their internal fighting)

The following are the excerpt of a report by Nada Bakri of WP Foreign Service titled Babylon's Ancient Wonder, Lying in Ruins, published on 29 July 2009, and Chinese translation:

Maytham Hamzah cast his eyes toward the remains of King Nebuchadnezzar's guest palace in Babylon, one of the world's first great cities. He smiled, bitterly.

"They destroyed the whole country," Hamzah, the head of the Babylon museum, said of U.S. forces in Iraq. "So what are a few old bricks and mud walls in comparison?"

哈姆萨望着巴比伦王宫遗迹废墟,只能苦笑。 “他们摧毁了整个国家,这些残留的砖瓦泥块留着有什么用呢?”

哈姆萨是伊拉克巴比伦博物馆主管,他说的“他们”是美国占领军。

U.S. forces did not exactly destroy the 4,000-year-old city, home of one of the world's original seven wonders, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Even before the troops arrived, there was not much left: a mound of broken mud-brick buildings and archaeological fragments in a fertile plain between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers.

But they did turn it into Camp Alpha, a military base, shortly after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Their 18-month stay there caused "major damage" and represented a "grave encroachment on this internationally known archeological site," a report released this month in Paris by the United Nations' cultural agency, UNESCO, says.

美军并没有摧毁那座建于4000年前的辉煌城市,但据一份由世界遗产委员会于7月份发布的报告,自从美军入侵伊拉克以来,他们在此世界遗产上驻扎兵营达18个月之久,彻底摧毁了残存的遗迹。

The ruins stretch over a rectangular area measuring 2,100 acres along the western banks of the Euphrates. The site consists of Nebuchadnezzar's palace, which then-President Saddam Hussein rebuilt in the 1980s; the remains of the Temple of Ninmakh; and a palace for royal guests. In addition, there is the Lion of Babylon, a 2,600-year-old sculpture, and the remains of the Ishtar Gate, the most beautiful of the eight gates that once ringed the perimeter of the town. It still bears the symbols of Babylonian gods. According to the report, which comes after five years of investigation by a team of Iraqi and international experts, foreign troops and contractors bulldozed hilltops and then covered them with gravel to serve as parking lots for military vehicles and trailers. They drove heavy vehicles over the fragile paving of once-sacred pathways.

据一份由伊拉克和国际组织联合调查了5年后发表的报告,西方占领军及他们雇佣的公司[比如黑水保安],用推土机将遗址山头夷为平地,铺上碎石,建成军用停车场,让重型军车开过铺装精致的古代步行道。

The report also says that forces built barriers and embankments to protect the base, pulverizing ancient pottery and bricks that were engraved with cuneiform characters. They dug trenches where they stored fuel tanks for their helicopters, which landed near an ancient theater. Among the structures that suffered the most damage, according to the report, were the Ishtar Gate and a processional thoroughfare. Experts also say troops filled their sandbags with soil from a site that was littered with archaeological fragments.

报告揭露美军用遗址上的古代陶瓷构筑保护驻军基地的围墙,在遗址中心开挖防护沟放置军用直升机燃料桶,并用包含有极具考古价值的碎片的沙土填充军用防护沙袋。

"The damage was so great," said Maryam Mussa, an official from the Iraqi state board of heritage and antiquities, which is in charge of the site. "It would be so difficult to repair it, and nothing can make up for it."

木萨是专门负责看护遗址的,他痛斥美军“将遗址破坏得这么彻底”,“已绝对不可能重新修复”。

"They are occupying forces," said Sabah Hassan, a 41-year-old resident of Hilla who owns a cafe near the ruins. "Nobody can tell them what to do."

一在遗址附近开有咖啡店的伊拉克人说:“他们(美军)是占领军,他们可以为所欲为,我们伊拉克人哪有资格告诉他们(在我们的土地上)该怎么做?

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