|"...before the intrusion of civilizations an almost unbroken forest flourished in the hills and mountains surrounding the Fertile Crescent... That such vast tracts of timber grew near southern Mesopotamia might seem a flight of fancy considering the present barren condition of the land..."
~John Perlin, A Forest Journey: the Role of Wood in the Developement of Civilization
"The trees were cut to build the first great cities and the ships that plied the first great empire... Down went the great cedar forests of what is now southwest Turkey, the great oak forests of the southeastern Arabian peninsula, and the great juniper, fir, and sycamore forests of what is now Syria....
What happened to the 'land of milk and honey' we read about in the Bible? And what about those famous 'cedars of Lebanon?' You'll find them only on the Lebanese flag now. The rest are long gone - cut to build temples, cities, and ships, cut for fuel, cooking, metalworking, pottery kilns, and all the trinkets of commerce."
~Derrick Jensen & George Draffan,
Strangely Like War: the Global Assault on Forests
|Photo Holie Barker|
|Brian Blessed, actor (Black Adder, Henry V, Robin Hood, Hamlet, Star Wars, Alexander)
Glossy 8x10 signed color photo of Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon
Drawing status: Closed