Why ISIS destroys antiquities

09 Mar 2015 7:24 AM | Anonymous

Why ISIS destroys antiquities 

by Sturt Manning


(CNN)Confucius said: "Study the past if you would define the future." In Iraq, the past is glorious and long.

This is where the world's first cities were built and where writing and organized government were first developed more than 5,000 years ago. This is the land that gave the world its first great literary work -- the Epic of Gilgamesh, king of the city of Uruk -- over 1,000 years before Homer, and over 2,000 years before Christ.