To: Mark Felton
Not if they are stolen.
posted on 04/14/2003 7:49:40 AM PDT
The artifacts are not destroyed or lost forever. They are simply in the hands of people who wish to sell them to museums and collectors. That's all. Get real. I love history, esp ancient sumerian, but let's put this all in perspective ok?
posted on 04/14/2003 7:55:37 AM PDT
(The Preamble to the Bill of Rights - without it, our Bill of Rights is meaningless!)
Stolen? The previous government had stolen them in the first place. The government that owned them no longer exists. They had no owner.
Let the new government pay to get them back.
The promise of personal fortune has historically been one of the greatest motivators for archealogical discovery (yes, these were already discovered).
The idea that the government has some superior right to own antiquities is pure socialist nonsense. Let a private museum be established to procure back the items if needs be.
posted on 04/14/2003 8:21:37 AM PDT
by Mark Felton
( Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. - Churchill)
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