Wired to the moon: Iraq’s Transportation Minister

Wired to the moon: Iraq’s Transportation Minister

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:

Can you believe that this imbecile is the current Iraqi transportation minister? I thank Allah for the blessing of a brain.

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.

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 academic wrote about the Sumerian awareness of the solar system evident in the ancient society’s creation myths.

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”.

60 responses to “Wired to the moon: Iraq’s Transportation Minister”

  1. barriejohn says:

    I’m suspicious of the Nutty Professor’s comments. Mattieu’s a rather obvious misspelling, and he doesn’t seem to post elsewhere. There IS a Matthieu Matique (musician):

  2. Cali Ron says:

    LOL! Just read this thread and I am thoroughly amused. On a scale of -1 to 0 I give this a zero. It was one hundred and zero percent enlightening. All this over the lowly zero. What mayhem could ensue if the topic of irrational numbers comes up. Am I going to have to break out the old calculus books and bone up on derivatives and integration? I never realized zero was such a controversial topic.

    Here’s my math insight contribution: Is the area of a circle, pi are squared? No, pi are round. And especially yummy with a la mode.

  3. 1859 says:

    Arrrg! please stop posting on this thread – my mail box is exploding!

  4. RussellW says:

    As for the Indus Valley civilisation, its script hasn’t been deciphered, so we have absolutely no idea what they invented. Has anyone seen the topic?


    The Maya also invented the concept of zero, about the same time as the Hindus. There’s a very famous painting of a Mayan pilot at the controls of his spaceship.

  5. barriejohn says:

    RussellW: I was thinking about that as well. It’s actually the famous carving from Pakal’s tomb, featured in Chariots of the Gods, which I read many moons ago now, though there are many other figures which resemble spacemen too.

  6. RussellW says:


    Yes, you’re correct, carving not painting, it’s a very long time since I read the book. It’s rather like any fantasy, all the reader needs to do is suspend belief and ‘Chariots’ is a fascinating read. (The ‘pilot’ is even wearing a spacesuit.)

    Another book that’s entertaining drivel is ‘1421’ by Gavin Menzies. It’s also disappointing, because, unlike von Daniken’s crap, I assumed initially that it was a serious effort at myth busting.

  7. barriejohn says:

    RussellW: Yes, and then just when we thought we were safe from such unadulterated bullshit, along came Discovery Channel with hour upon hour of Graham Hancock’s nonsense. If you’re looking for the antidote, you may find it in this excellent blog:

    Barry: Is there still a page anywhere on the Freethinker that directs readers to appropriate sites? I found that really useful, but I don’t see it now.

  8. RussellW says:


    Interesting site. I usually only visit legit archaeological and history sites and read books by academic historians, so I’m often amazed at the crap that members of the public believe about the past. It could be argued that what does it matter if the average person believes historical myths and that if history nerds become annoyed, it’s only their problem. It’s important that we understand the historical process. ‘History’is so often invoked in contemporary political discussions eg the claims of Islamic ‘tolerance’,’it all started with the Crusades’ and people in the Middle Ages thought that he earth is flat are the most irritating examples.

  9. barriejohn says:

    RussellW: Pierre Plantard has admitted ON FILM that the whole “Priory of Sion” business was a complete – but very skillful – hoax, yet when programmes about the Holy Grail were aired some years ago, and also when The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail later came to notice, swarms of people visited the sites mentioned, searching for the “evidence” that supported the “myth”. You need look no further for evidence of mankind’s weird obsession with, and complete faith in, the mystical and “transcendent” as opposed to the rational and logical.

    PS I was taught in Junior School that Christopher Columbus sailed to America to prove to people that if you kept sailing west you wouldn’t fall off the edge of the world; but, then, we were being prepped for the 11-Plus, so we did very little history or geography – they were totally worthless subjects as far as our teachers were concerned!

  10. Paul says:

    Well this is good.
    3 British born sceinetists win Noble Prize!
    The BBC news web page said this:

    “All three researchers used maths to explain strange physical effects in rare states of matter, such as superconductors, superfluids and thin magnetic films.”