Thursday, April 17, 2003

Cultural Treasures Lost

The BBC reports that three White House cultural advisers have resigned in protest at the failure of US forces to prevent the looting of Iraq's national museum - home to artefacts dating back 10,000 years. Yes, it was Iraqis that made off with their own museum treasures but every society has their useless bandits who prey on society at large. But our military should have planned for this. It's hard to fathom how the protection of this storehouse of some of the world's most treasured ancient artefacts was not planned for by our government and military. Not only is our lack of consideration of this matter deplorable but it's an absolute public relations disaster for our country. How could we have been so stupid? Now we need to do everything we can to get back what was stolen and do our part to safeguard the Iraqi's cultural treasures for them - and humanity.

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