While discussing Tuesday's show, before we settled on a Shoutout concerning China's Great Wall, we debated asking something about Mesopotamia. Now part of Iraq, this ancient region is known as a "cradle of civilization" because it's where one of the world's first civilizations developed.
So the Arwa Damon report about Iraq's recovered antiques (which included tablets dating back to the second millennium B.C.) was fascinating to me. Maybe you've been to the Smithsonian; maybe you've been to the Louvre. Both of these renowned museums contain artifacts that could never be replaced; they're like world family heirlooms. So you can understand why it's so important to Iraqis and the rest of us that the recovered relics of the ancient world be preserved, even if they can't yet be displayed publicly.
Carl Azuz, Anchor