Babylon Ruins Reopen in Iraq, to Controversy - NYTimes.com
- After decades of dictatorship and disrepair, Iraq is celebrating its renewed sovereignty over the Babylon archaeological site â€” by fighting over the place, over its past and future and, of course, over its spoils. Colonial archaeologists packed off its treasures to Europe a century ago. Saddam Hussein rebuilt the site in his own megalomaniacal image. American and Polish troops turned it into a military camp, digging trenches and filling barricades with soil peppered with fragments of a biblical-era civilization.