[NukeEmAll] Looters Sack Baghdad Antiquities Museum

Adam L. Beberg beberg at mithral.com
Sat Apr 12 07:13:53 PDT 2003


Good thing we went and "saved" all the people not smart enought to get out
of Iraq in the last 10+ years. Guess there really is something to having
ancestors smart enough to live in places that food grows.

On the plus side, these people should be really easy for our puppet
government to control later, they have been proving that for a loooooooong
time afterall ;)

- Adam L. Beberg - beberg at mithral.com
  http://www.mithral.com/~beberg/

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"BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Looters have sacked Baghdad's antiquities museum,
plundering treasures dating back thousands of years to the dawn of
civilization in Mesopotamia, museum staff said on Saturday.

They blamed U.S. troops for not protecting the treasures.

Surveying the littered glass wreckage of display cases and pottery shards at
the Iraqi National Museum on Saturday, deputy director Nabhal Amin wept and
told Reuters: "They have looted or destroyed 170,000 items of antiquity
dating back thousands of years...They were worth billions of dollars."

She blamed U.S. troops, who have controlled Baghdad since the collapse of
Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s rule on Wednesday, for failing to heed
appeals from museum staff to protect it from looters who moved in to the
building on Friday.

"The Americans were supposed to protect the museum. If they had just one
tank and two soldiers nothing like this would have happened," she said. "I
hold the American troops responsible for what happened to this museum."

Some of the museum's artifacts had been moved into storage to avoid a repeat
of damage to other antiquities during the 1991 Gulf War (news - web sites).

It houses items from ancient Babylon and Nineveh, Sumerian statues, Assyrian
reliefs and 5,000-year-old tablets bearing some of the earliest known
writing."




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