Sunday, July 13, 2008

Go Archeologists!

Top archeologists have urged their colleagues to refuse any requests from US or other military to draw up a list of sites that should be avoided in the increasingly likely event of air strikes on Iran:

"Such advice would provide cultural credibility and respectability to the military action," said a resolution agreed by the World Archaeological Congress in Dublin, Ireland, last week.

They further recommend that archeologists should emphasize that any military attack would bring irreparable harm to the people and heritage of Iran.

A big thanks to these responsible archeologists and to New Scientist for covering their story. The science magazine I currently subscribe to, Scientific American, is filled with advertisements for big time defense contractors like Lockheed Martin, and I can't imagine them covering a story like this one. Now may be a good time to make the switch.