The destruction of global memory

My friend is furious, disgusted and deeply saddened by the looting and destruction of priceless archeological and historical treasures in the Cradle of Civilization. He said:

“Do you know why there are sixty seconds to a minute, or sixty minutes to an hour, or twenty-four hours to a day? A thousand years from now, when the United States is dust or transformed beyond recognition, when we power our civilization by new forms of energy and the oil is all gone, when George Bush is the merest footnote within the briefest of paragraphs recounting the history of the XXI Century, when all the lives lost or damaged by this minor little war fade into utter insignificance, this is the only crime people will remember. This is worse than the burning of the Library of Alexandria.”

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