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Reader comment on item: Iraq's Coming Apocalypse

Submitted by James Luce (Spain), Mar 14, 2016 at 06:15

Dear Mr. Pipes,

Your article about the consequences of a collapse of the Mosul Dam brings to mind the flood myth in the ancient Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesch...only in reverse.

Archaeological research tells us that there was indeed a flood that "covered the entire world"...well the Tigris-Euphrates Valley anyway. Apparently there was a tsunami that came upriver from the sea (possible meteor strike) which combined with flood waters coming downstream inundated most of the Valley. This myth was ultimately absorbed into Hebrew mythology during the Captivity and became the Noah flood myth (Details in my book, Chasing Davis, An Atheist's Guide to Morality Using Logic and Science, at pages 201-204)

The race is on to see whether the Mosul or the Three Gorges Dam in China goes first.

Yours, James Luce


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