Must civilization end where it began?

ISIS threatens Iraq’s priceless cultural heritage

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/22/world/meast/iraq-isis-cultural-destruction/index.html?iref=allsearch

Thousands of years before the birth of Christ, the people of Mesopotamia mastered the first writing system, mathematics, astronomy, literature and law.

Iraq’s past, however, is threatened by the nightmare of its present.

ISIS is not only at war with the Iraqi state, it’s also at war with Iraq’s very identity — blowing up religious shrines, slaughtering and enslaving minorities such as the Yazidis, Christians and Turkmen, and executing its enemies.

And what it hasn’t destroyed, ISIS is selling on the black market.
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