Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Reconstruction of the Al Askari shrine

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by UNESCO and the Government of Iraq on Sunday, June 24th, 2007 for the reconstruction of the Al-Askari shrine. With a total budget of $8.4 million, the first phase of the project includes preventive works, an assessment of needs, and preparation of a scope of work for the restoration. In addition to the shrine’s Golden Dome and Ali al-Hadi shrine, the two minarets destroyed in the recent explosions on June 13th will be reconstructed. Alhamdulillah!

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At 12:31 PM , Blogger HollyGL said...

I have no idea what to say...

At 10:51 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

Somehow it seems like the rebuilding should be accompanied by national reconciliation between the different religious sects. I cannot see the shrine functioning within their society until the United States troops are gone and a legitimate national government has developed there.

At 8:26 AM , Blogger decrepitoldfool said...

Reconciliation between the sects seems unlikely, alas. Is it overly cynical to wish that some of the true followers of Muhammed who made off with several $bn in aid funds would pony up for reconstructing the mosque?

At 8:48 AM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

Robert J. Stein Jr. and Phillip H. Bloom are followers of Muhammed?

At 10:30 PM , Blogger decrepitoldfool said...

'Spoze not, but hey, there's plenty to go around! I'd be hugely amazed if chunks of it weren't greasing palms in Baghdad.


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