Uh, nevermind

Uh, nevermind
: So the NY Times reports today that the plunder of Iraqi museums was nowhere near as severe as we’ve heard in all the wailing:

Col. Matthew F. Bogdanos, a Marine reservist who is investigating the looting and is stationed at the museum, said museum officials had given him a list of 29 artifacts that were definitely missing. But since then, 4 items

  • Moira

    There are reports of hundreds of items having been voluntarily returned or involuntarily confiscated, and many, many unidentified items currently being held in mosques because the clerics don’t trust the Baath-appointed museum personnel. So I have to question the list of 25 items. There should have been more context–did the list consist of the most important items only?
    Reports after the first few days indicated that the Department of Antiquities had evacuated all but 40,000-50,000 items; many of the items remaining in the museum were vandalized, not looted, some collections (the Islamic collection, I think) weren’t touched, and I heard there were deep underground vaults that weren’t breached. My guess is that the list consisted of important items being compiled slowly by process of elimination. There is already more than enough evidence that 1,000’s of items were taken during the looting, so the reservist’s comment, unfortunately, makes him look either slow or desperately trying to make the museum looting seem ridiculously overstated. Neither is true.

  • it seems they are trying to make this look like some kindergarten thing. if you’ve seen the pictures, you can hardly imagine that 25 items was all that’s been stolen. but history is written by the winner, and i’m pretty sure that our grand-children won’t learn about the destruction of our civilization’s roots by looters and art dealers.

  • dvd

    i agree