A Major Loss in Iraq - World Heritage
-- Scott Rosenberg's Links & Comment blog has comments on the plundering
"For a war that wasn't about oil...
"I imagine the planners in Washington consider the looting that has wrecked Iraqi cultural edifices, including the legendary National Museum of Antiquities in Baghdad, in the wake of the U.S. "liberation" to be so much minor "collateral damage" -- eggs that have to be broken to make the omelette, that sort of thing. "Regrettable," you know. "Can we move on to the next question?"
"But I can't help thinking about this: While U.S. forces were unable to protect museums in Baghdad (or Mosul, as Salon's Phillip Robertson reported) from looting crowds destroying millennia-old artifacts, it seemed to have plenty of troops available to protect the Iraqi oil ministry in Baghdad."
(link via Ming
I saw a piece on the news about this story, featuring a very distraught museum director. She was wailing at the destruction of smashed statues from millenia before Christ, and of the disappearance of examples of the first cuneiform writing on clay tablets.
Of course, the loss of such reading material might not seem all that important to a head of state, who responded "I read the newspaper.," in answer to a question about his reading habits, George W. Bush, New Hampshire Republican Debate, Dec. 2, 1999, and later, "Reading is the basics for all learning.," announcing his "Reading First" initiative in Reston, Va., March 28, 2000. (Quote courtesy of speedygrl