For the loss is not just Iraq's but ours, too. The question here is: CUI BONO?
posted on 04/14/2003 7:42:08 AM PDT
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posted on 04/14/2003 7:44:46 AM PDT
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I hate the looting..perhaps some of the staff could be helpful.Things are not always as they seem.We were not responsible for the looting..the looters were.Collectors and dealers should be investigated.
posted on 04/14/2003 7:46:09 AM PDT
The new government need only offer a reward and amnesty for the return of the items. Most of the people would rather have the cash.
Personally I think private individuals should be able to own such treasures.
posted on 04/14/2003 7:48:03 AM PDT
by Mark Felton
( Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. - Churchill)
The House of Wisdom in ninth-century Baghdad kept classical scholarship alive and promoted a vigorous intellectual reaction to it while Europe was stumbling through the dark ages.
More PC idiocy from the press.
If the Carolingian Renaissance of the IXth century was a "dark age", it was still far brighter than Baghdad's society was for the following millenium.
The backwater of rural Ireland in the IXth century was able to produce a John Scotus Eriugena - I wonder if the subsistence farmers enslaved to the Caliphate of Baghdad produced such minds.
posted on 04/14/2003 7:58:40 AM PDT
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This is a tragedy with echoes of past catastrophes: the Mongol sack of Baghdad in 1258, and the fifth-century destruction of the library of Alexandria.
Absolutely. But the parallels are wrong: the museum fell to the enemy from within. The parallels should be with the distructions of churches and burning of icons by the Russian communists, for instance. Or with Palestinians exloding a 2000-year-old sinagogue in Jerico and destruction of the Davids tomb. The author, I am sure, did not lament any such savagery.
posted on 04/14/2003 8:05:08 AM PDT
All this tells me is that Eleanor Robson represents European buyers (probably, French) of antiquities and wants to get her agents into Baghdad as quickly as possible to identify sellers and get her bids down before the market opens up.
posted on 04/14/2003 8:29:51 AM PDT
There's been more boohooing over the looting than the discovery of torture chambers and other evidence of Saddam's repression that has emerged in the last few weeks.
There was a CNN report earlier today in which the reporter, a guy named Wederman, solemnly intoned that the wreckage of schools and police stations by rampaging Iraquis represented a social disaster of huge proportions. Then a clip of a sad-looking Iraqui woman was accompanied by a voiceover which cautioned that for this woman, "the new Iraq was no better than the old Iraq."
There are obviouly a number of people in the media for whom the liberation of the Iraqui people means nothing. They now have to find ways to show the Iraqui people as victims, but not of Saddam Hussein. They find every way they can to portray the Iraqui people as victims of the US, as in this CNN coverage.
Fortunately, the Iraqui people by and large don't seem to have any trouble at all understanding who the good guys are.
posted on 04/14/2003 8:31:44 AM PDT
I wouldn't be surprised if the museum wasn't first looted by Hussein's gang and then left open for the mobs to destroy so as to cover their tracks. One also needs to consider that the part of Iraqi society that considered itself faithful Muslims would have regarded Hussein's resurrecting and honoring of Iraq's ancient past as an affront to Allah (not just in the museum, but in rebuilding some of the ancient temples). It is hard to remember that multiculturalism is an expression of the nihlistic post-Christian West.
posted on 04/14/2003 9:12:57 AM PDT
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