The Iran-Iraq War, 1980-88

Weekend greetings to my fellow history buffs! This month commemorates 35 years since Iraq’s declaration of war against The Islamic Republic of Iran in September of 1980. The Iran-Iraq war is the longest conventional war of the 20th century and, having lasted 8 years, cost upwards of 1 million lives and billions of dollars in damage…

Assyria and the Great Library of Ashurbanipal

BBC News ran a wonderful article earlier this week entitled “The men who uncovered Assyria“. The wanton destruction and barbaric inhumanity that Islamic State (IS) has demonstrated in Iraq, Syria and beyond has brought attention to not only the many innocent lives that have been lost, but indeed monuments, historic sites and invaluable treasures of…

19 priceless monuments lost in conflict

The  countless monuments, art, artifacts and history of civilizations lost to conflict are each a tragedy in their own right. It is a cruel irony that the Middle East, a region so blessed with the treasures of early human civilizations, is also among those most troubled by conflict. As the violence threatens to annihilate some…

The last of the founding generation, captured on film

The last of the founding generation, captured on film | The Times of Israel A War of Independence love story, Ben-Gurion’s secret invite, Abba Eban’s UN scorecard, and other tales of the nascent state. This video testimony includes 700 interviewees and 3,000 hours of testimony from those who lived through the War of Independence and the…