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The Statue of Liberty, the Iraq connection
BY Ammar Khammash,Jordan
Lately the Statue of liberty in New York has changed symbolism. It has reemerged in the media as a symbol of a divided West rather than a symbol of freedom. As today’s rightwing America is trying to rid itself of anything French, the “de-Frenching” of the Statue of Liberty, one of the pivotal symbols of American collective identity which was produced almost entirely with funds donated by the French, is proving to be an embarrassing task. But what if a connection between this statue and Iraq emerges and, with it, also, the fact that truth was hidden, intentionally or out of ignorance?
To give history justice, and to follow America’s “intellectual property” ideology, one should point to origins, particularly in times of armed conflict, when identities and monuments of material culture of the East are under threat.
The statue of liberty, its head in particular, has features amazingly similar to relief sculptures in the Iraqi City of Hatra, 110 km southwest of the city of Mosul. Stylistically, the feature of a head with spikes (the crown representing rays of sun) is almost identical in both the Statue of Liberty and Greco-Roman statues of Hatra, in Iraq. The visual connection to the sun can be further stressed in light of the ancient Arab, Assyrian, Hellenistic and Roman mixture of styles, manifested in the huge temple of the Sun God Shamash (“Shams” is sun in Arabic). The hairstyle, in relationship to the crown, and partially the facial features, appear to have been almost directly taken from statues at
Kuzey Amerika’ya gelen Avrupalı işgalciler ikiye bölünmüştü ABD devleti bölünürken en büyük yardımı Fransızlardan görmüştü. Bu nedenle Fransızlar, ABD’nin bağımsızlığının 100. yıldönümü için özel bir hediye vermeyi düşündüler.
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