In the News: Cultural Preservation Groups Ask Obama to Protect Syrian Heritage Sites | NYTimes.com

Worried about a possible strike against Syria, American and international cultural heritage organizations are urging President Obama to ensure the protection of that country’s archeological sites, among the oldest on earth, before taking military action.

In a letter to Mr. Obama, the United States Committee of the Blue Shield and other prominent groups asked the president to issue an executive order requiring federal agencies to “enter into agreements with any allies and any rebel forces” to safeguard such sites. Many date back 6,000 years to the Neolithic age, while others include clay and bronze artifacts, human skulls and the ruins of habitations from the Roman, Hellenistic, Hittite, Byzantine and Babylonian periods.

The Blue Shield, created in 1954 during the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property During Armed Conflict, was conceived as a Red Cross of sorts for heritage sites.

Cultural Preservation Groups Ask Obama to Protect Syrian Heritage Sites – NYTimes.com.

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