June 13, 2003
When the site was discovered, most of the interesting artefacts where taken by the German archaeologists and very little was left behind. Saddam decided to rebuild the place after the Iran-Iraq war as the proof that the Iraqi People was a great people. No more hanged gardens or ancient ruins similar to the ones in Egypt or Greece, but instead a "Disneyland" type of archaeological site.
From journal Baghdad : Before the war