Inside the Middle East
December 3, 2009
Posted: 1059 GMT

Iraq's National Museum is partnering with Google to offer a virtual tour of the museum. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

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m.gibson   December 3rd, 2009 4:00 pm ET

More interesting facts can be found on this video:

earle,florida   December 3rd, 2009 4:55 pm ET

The relics,.... those of which survived, "Shock and Awe" are few compared to those stolen by foreign forces (ie,american-british) as your piece failed to (behind the firewalls so to say) mention ,but what you lack to articulate,and espoused is a more sinister,.... deviate calculated motive of Empire (the modus-operanda throughout past history of mankind) building ! The very fact of selling Iraqi Tourism to the Cyber-Space Crowd for American,and British propagandist (Google soon to be ,if not already big brothers eye's and ear's enabler) as a new vacationing spot for the triumphant occupiers,...the hegemonious globetrotter set, only to indulge themselves in the blood-soaked land of "just yesterday's modern war-crimes",being physically blinded of being the very enablers of this tragedy. How very British?

Hope   December 4th, 2009 4:31 am ET

He's right on the dot.. This is not just Iraq's cultural heritage this is the world cultural heritage..Thanks for posting this here as well.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 4th, 2009 8:30 am ET

When a Airforce Captain was directly asked why he bombed a museum in Iraq during the recent Iraqi War, he reportedly stated, it was a request from the Vatican.

A rather unusual reply, generally fighter captains are very tight lipped about their targets and bombing missions after they have carried them out. A museum was in fact bombed, and remained unguarded for many days in the initial war effort. Many items were stolen by unknown looters.
What would make the Vatican so worried about the contents in that Museum to ask the chain of command to drop a load of 500lb bombs on it?

The reader should realize prior to the recent Iraqi War, all military and security building were completely GPS mapped and digitally photographed long before the first bombing run's occurred. Meaning, there was no mistaking a Museum for anything other than a Museum loaded with ancient Babylonian Empire figures and clay tablets.

What was in that Museum in Iraq that worried the Vatican so much?

Specialist Hall, Marc A of The US ARMY   December 6th, 2009 8:20 pm ET

What Is the Stop-Loss Policy?

The Armys Stop-Loss Policy is what involuntary extends Soldiers beyond the end of their enlistment or retirements dates in units deploying to combat areas. In other words Soldiers are forced to stay in the military even though they have already served and are finished with their contract as a soldier. Those Soldiers whom rebel against this Stop-Loss Policy are threatened with military scare tactics such as the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Such threats includes a four year imprisonment for refusing to stay in, another is to threaten to take away a soldiers benefits from being in the military and another one is to strike the soldiers with a dishonorable discharge making it almost impossible for a soldier to find a decent job after getting out the military. To put fear into Soldiers means to Enslave. Is this they America that we so known to be a great place?

The Stop-Loss Policy is not needed.

According to the latest numbers of new Soldiers in the Army; the ability to eliminate the Stop-Loss Policy can be done if US Government officials chooses to. The Army has achieved its max strength of (547,400) which is three years ahead schedule. The Pentagon was not expecting to reach this goal until 2012. But they are there now. This means that for every Soldier effected by "Stop-Loss" who want to get out can be replaced by new Soldiers right now. So the very best thing our US Government can do for those veterans is to release them back to their families and friends so they can enjoy the fruits of their hard labor and selfless service and sacrifice that these soldiers have made through out their military careers.

The benefits of Eliminating the Stop-Loss Policy:

The Army is the only military branch that has the Stop-Loss Policy. And as the American people becomes more and more aware of Stop-Loss and its scare tactics against American soldiers the support of the US Army can and most likely will depreciate with in time. If a Soldier wants to get out of the military after his or her active duty contract has ended he or she should have the rights under the US constitution to depart from the military. Freedom to leave will not only make a veteran proud of his country but it will also prevent Soldiers from hurting themselves and or others mentally, physically and financially just to get out. Eliminating the Stop-Loss will also help prevent Soldiers and or their families from becoming future enemys of the United States of America if he or she just so happens to get hurt or killed under the Stop-Loss policy.....

Specialist Hall is a soldier in the US Army Schedule to leave the ARMY February 27th 2010. He is in a Unit thats deploying back to Iraq some time in November, December of 2009 or early next year. That's right before he get out. There's a possibility that the ARMY want's to have its cake and eat it too. With the ARMY all ready meeting its numbers the ARMY don't want to let go used troops. After explaining Specialist Hall's situation with Congress and the Pentagon , and his company commanders and Sergeants at 1st BRIGADE B-CO "2-7 IN" and 1st BRIGADE F CO BSB at Fort Stewart Georgia about his inability to perform this deployment operation this time around– showed little encouragement; But once again they don't take heed to the warning signs of soldier's morale when it came to them being effected in dangerous ways when it came to the "Stop Loss", "Stop Movement" and or "Fenced In" policies. The Army can call the Stop Loss Policy a different name But it all means the same thing–"Stop-Loss". Specialist Hall's wish is to get out the ARMY on time like his Active Duty contract states- Three years and 28 weeks of Active Duty. His ETS Date is as stated "February 27th 2010". By the will of God he said to our editors he shall be release back to his life as a civilian and a father. The way a Father should be there after serving the people of the United States of America.
Stop the US Army's Stop-Loss Policy.. Support the release of Soldiers back to their Families and Friends.


Steve Modell Chief Editor With Marc A Hall AKA- "MarcWatercus"- A specialist serving in the US ARMY

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