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Before explaining how these two strategies could succeed, let us understand the scope of the problem. While ISIS destroys for propaganda purposes, monumental sites like the Temple of Bel at Palmyra, it encourages and intimidates locals to loot archaeological sites for objects to sell internationally. ISIS even accepts religious tax payments, "khums," in the form of looted antiquities.
The declared value of imports of Egyptian antiquities jumped more than 100 percent after the 2011 Revolution. Imports from Lebanon increased almost 4,500 percent. Imports of collector's coins from Libya increased more than 2,600 percent. These numbers do not account for the dark figure of undeclared antiquities smuggled into the U.S. ISIS is bulldozing, blowing up, or sledgehammering historical resources too big to move, most recently while human beings are strapped to them. Much of the rest they send to eager purchasers in the U.S., China, and Switzerland, who exploit the weakness of cultures suffering political instability.
In Islamic tradition, Khums (Arabic: خمس Arabic pronunciation: [xums], literally 'Fifth') refers to the historically required religious obligation of Muslim army to pay one-fifth of the spoils of war, the booty collected from non-believers after a military campaign; this tax was paid to the Caliph or Sultan, representing the state of Islam.
originally posted by: dawnstar
a reply to: stevieray
actually, the motivation was curiousity,
I was wondering just how many would see hobby lobby, bible museum, and middle eastern artifacts and right away either deny, or justify it... I kind of figured it would be quite a few...
ya know what would really be funny, if the tablets do turn out to be looted and have to be returned... I do believe in at least some cases, the country will reimburse the amount paid.... which in this case, there's a statement that says $300 per tablet. if that wasn't true and they paid thousand per tablet, well, that would be a rather large loss they would have to eat.
The proudly Christian proprietors of the craft store chain Hobby Lobby have been under federal investigation for the past four years for illicit importation of religious artifacts and cultural antiquities from Iraq for their soon-to-open Museum of the Bible, according to a recent report by the Daily Beast.
True, Arabs love to destroy and otherwise loot their artifacts and ancient statues.
originally posted by: mclarenmp4
a reply to: dawnstar
Good for them, they've probably saved these artifacts from destruction judging by what's left of the antiquities in Iraq.
Maybe once Iraq is stable again they can reach a deal with them.