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On April 8, 2003, George Bush and Tony Blair declared, "We reaffirm our commitment to protect Iraq's natural resources, as the patrimony of the people of Iraq, which should be used only for their benefit." In this they were true to their word. Among the few places American soldiers actually did guard during and in the wake of their invasion were oil fields and the Oil Ministry in Baghdad. But the real Iraqi patrimony, that invaluable human inheritance of thousands of years, was another matter. At a time when American pundits were warning of a future "clash of civilizations," our occupation forces were letting perhaps the greatest of all human patrimonies be looted and smashed.
There have been many dispiriting sights on TV since George Bush launched his ill-starred war on Iraq -- the pictures from Abu Ghraib, Fallujah laid waste, American soldiers kicking down the doors of private homes and pointing assault rifles at women and children. But few have reverberated historically like the looting of Baghdad's museum -- or been forgotten more quickly in this country.
Originally posted by mikesingh
The Looting Of Iraq’s Priceless Treasures: Who Is Responsible?
Originally posted by FlyersFan
It is a known fact that many of the treasures in the museums there were robbed by IRAQI thieves in the first year or so after liberation from Saddam. Americans moved some treasures so that they wouldn't be destroyed or stolen.
I'm very concerned about Iraque artifacts and I have read several articles concerning what happened durring and after the attack. None were anywhere near as alarmist as your article!
But it was the US Army that was criminally negligent for failing in its duty to protect libraries