June 7, 2006

Marshes destroyed by thoughtlessness...

Wretchard points to this invitation to a conference by the Harvard Design School, MESOPOTAMIAN MARSHES & MODERN DEVELOPMENT: Practical Approaches for Sustaining Restored Ecological & Cultural Landscapes

...The Mesopotamian Marshes, located between the Tigres and Euphrates Rivers in southern Iraq, were historically one of the world's most important wetland environments. The area of once over 20,000 square kilometers—thought by some to be the original Garden of Eden—provided habitat for millions of migrating birds and has been inhabited since the time of the Sumerians by thousands of people living on artificial islands of mud and reeds and depending on sustainable fishing and farming. Since the early 1990s, however, this important ecological and unique cultural jewel has been devastated by a series of thoughtless dam constructions and deliberate water diversions that has led to what many have come to regard as one of the most severe “ecocides” in human history...

I guess I'm glad to see anyone helping on this matter, which is near to my heart. And I guess the price we have to pay to enlist the help of the superior beings at Harvard is to never mention Saddam Hussein! No no, the Marshes were spoiled by "thoughtless dam constructions." It's funny how absent-minded people can be, especially when building dams.

I know how to re-build the marshes! We will declare that they were destroyed by a fascist-Republican conspiracy led by George W Bush. The the environmentalist organizations and the Europeans and Al Gore will then fling themselves into a spirited effort at restoration. (The Marsh Arabs would have to give up cigarettes, of course, but that's a small price to pay.)

Wretchard also links to this article which indicates that recovery of those areas that have been re-flooded is better than expected. Fascinating. And it's maddening how little information we get. One of the biggest environmental stories of our time, but news? No way. Our vile news media is on the other side, and the only "enemy" to be fought is the President of the USA. The crimes of Saddam go into the Memory Hole.

Posted by John Weidner at June 7, 2006 7:10 AM
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