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Iraqi Transport Minister Announces that Sumerians Launched Spaceships 7,000 Years Ago

Iraqi Transport Minister Announces that Sumerians Launched Spaceships 7,000 Years Ago

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The Minister for Transport in Iraq made a controversial speech at the inauguration of a new airport in southern Dhi Qar, in which he stated that ancient Sumerians built the first airports 7,000 years ago and launched spaceships from there to explore other planets. He also claimed that all the world’s angels were Sumerian. To support his claims, he referred to the work of Samuel Kramer, Russian professor and Sumerian expert, who highlighted the Sumerians’ advanced understanding of the cosmos.  

The Sumerians were the first known people to settle in Mesopotamia over 7,000 years ago.  Located in the southernmost part of Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers (modern day Iraq), Sumer was often called the cradle of civilization. By the 4th millennium BC, it had established an advanced system writing, spectacular arts and architecture, astronomy and mathematics. 

The Sumerians recorded their astronomical observations as early as 3500–3200 BC.  Astronomical phenomena were important to the Sumerians, who equated planets with gods that held an important role in their mythology and religion.  Jupiter, for example, was associated with their main god, Marduk, patron deity of the city of Babylon.

Illustration of ancient Mesopotamia.

Illustration of ancient Mesopotamia. (Credit:  Jeff Brown Graphics )

Arab news channel  Albawaba reported that Minister Kadhem Finjan al-Hamami made his comments during a visit to a new airport construction site in southern Iraq, near Basra, where he claimed that the Sumerians had built an airport in exactly the same location in around 5,000 BC.

“It’s a long story, maybe you don’t know about it. Maybe even people from Dhi Qar don’t know – the first airports that were built on planet Earth were built in the 5th Millenium BC in Dhi Qar,”  al-Hamami said , in an Al Jazeera translation. “There were Sumerians who launched spaceships [from Dhi Qar] and headed to other worlds,” he added, arguing that all the world’s angels “were Sumerian” and stating that Sumerians were the first to discover Pluto.

The video of his statement [in Arabic] can be viewed below.

While no one in the audience questioned the Minister, listeners were quick to jump to social media to rubbish his claims.  The  Middle East Monitor  shared comments from internet users who criticized the incompetence of the government. “Iraqi transport minister’s hallucinations about spaceships in Nasiriyah proves that the [Haidar] Al-Abadi government is full of fools, hashish addicts and the most worthless of humanity,” said Dawood Al-Basri.

To support up his claims, Finjan referred to the work of the late Samuel Kramer, who was one of the world's leading Assyriologists and a world-renowned expert in Sumerian history and Sumerian language.  In his book, ‘History Begins at Sumer’, Kramer argues that the Sumerians had the first achievements in all the major fields of human endeavour, including government and politics, education and literature, philosophy and ethics, law and justice, agriculture, and medicine. However, critics of the Transport Minister’s speech say that Kramer never mentioned ancient airports or spaceships.

The Lament for Ur at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The Lament was one of several literary works that Kramer studied.

The Lament for Ur  at the  Louvre Museum  in Paris. The Lament was one of several literary works that Kramer studied. ( public domain )

Nevertheless, the Minister does have a number of supporters among ancient astronaut theorists, who argue that intelligent extraterrestrial beings visited Earth and made contact with humans in antiquity, with many believing that ancient Sumer was the first place in which contact was made. 

Ancient astronaut proponents suggest that aliens came to Earth long ago, citing such evidence as this ancient Mesopotamian cylinder seal as proof of advanced technological influences

Ancient astronaut proponents suggest that aliens came to Earth long ago, citing such evidence as this ancient Mesopotamian cylinder seal as proof of advanced technological influences ( public domain )

Top image: Modern impression on clay of Achaemenid cylinder seal, 5th. cent. BCE. A winged solar disc legitimises the Persian king who subdues two rampant Mesopotamian lamassu figures. ( public domain )

By April Holloway

Comments

Ye ok reading the article, how serious do you take anything from the Middle East? Self criticism and evolution is nearly in-evident there.

Iraq is a failed state? Not hardly. America and allies illegally invaded Iraq and decimated the people and land.

Sad to say that the American government has ruined many lives in the name of the people of America. I hope the world knows that we the people are disgusted when we finally see through the veil that our officials have carefully crafted for us since birth. America is slowly waking up... Hopefully not too late

I am delighted to know that there ARE other learned people in this world. I too, believe that Earth has been previously visited by intelligent extra-terrestrials and that they were VERY ADVANCED and definitely left their mark in ancient Iraq, and the whole of the Middle East countries. We need to see more information posted about those ancients and for those who "NAY-SAY", please do learn to read the ancient languages - cuneiform would be a great start. Tens of thousands of tablets relating the history of the ancients are engraved on these tablets and make for amazing learning and insight of previous times. With respect for all other students of history, Elaine. P.S. It is believed that other sites of ancient space-ports are BAAL-BECK and the SINAI PENINSULAR and also SOUTH AMERICA'S WEST COAST. And I believe more are yet to be discovered. And finally, DON'T SHOOT the messenger (me), just do your OWN IN-DEPTH RESEARCH.

Very true......

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