The ancient Sumerians were a pretty bright bunch, inventing stuff like writing and bookkeeping, board games, musical instruments, agriculture … and space travel, if Iraqi Transportation Minister Kadhum Finjan Al-Hamami is to be believed.
Unfortunately for Al-Hamami, his claim that the Sumerians built the earth’s first airport in Iraq 7,000 years ago and used it to send spaceships into space has exposed him to a considerable amount of ridicule.
“I swear to God, this isn’t a joke,” one Iraqi going by the pseudonym of Shimmariya Al-Iraq tweeted in disbelief.
Another user, Dawood Al-Basri, said.
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.
An Iraqi Al Jazeera journalist, Amer Al-Kubaisi, tweeted:
Al-Hamami said “the first airport that was established on planet earth was in this place,” indicating the city and climes surrounding Nasiriyah in Dhi Qar Province, 370 kilometres southeast of the capital Baghdad.
Can you believe that this imbecile is the current Iraqi transportation minister? I thank Allah for the blessing of a brain.
Not content with this bold claim, Al-Hamami added that angels “were all Sumerian” and that:
Sumerian spaceships used to launch from here towards the other planets.
Al-Hamami sought to back up his claims by asking sceptics to study the works of Sumerian experts such as Russian professor Samuel Noah Kramer.
The Sumerians represent the oldest known civilization in Iraq and according to historians reached their peak in 2,700-2,400 BCE when Iraq – or ancient Mesopotamia –was regarded as the “cradle of civilisation”.