The Longest Now

The Wadi al Batin
Thursday July 01st 2004, 1:30 pm
Filed under: indescribable

I recently read How to Defeat Saddam Hussein, By Col. Trevor Dupuy, US Army (Ret.), a book published just as we were declaring war on Iraq for the first time, back in 1991 — a charming hour’s read. An important feature which is listed on most maps but remained unmentioned in the text was the Wadi al Batin, forming the lower half of Kuwait’s border with Iraq.

It turns out that it is a broad shallow valley, was a riverbed in ancient times — one of many in the region which might have travelled out to the sea from the Tigris/Euphrates Valley. I can just imagine the fertile crescent extending all the way across the middle east. Perhaps I should give slightly more respect to the theories about Atlantis or Eden being hidden under the waters of the Mediterranean or the Persian Gulf.

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wow… talk about stirring one’s imagination…

Comment by Tuyen 07.01.04 @ 9:57 pm

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