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It's still our fault

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Submitted by Andrea (United States), Apr 23, 2003 at 09:29

Yes, in '91 the Iraqis did the same thing during the gulf war, that's EXACTLY why we should have protected the museum! We were warned over and over again. The archeologists and paleontologists had many consultations with the US govt in regards to what needed to be protected. The scholars felt comforted (falsely) in thinking that the govt had a deep understanding of the importance of protecting the museum. It's not just iraqi history. We're talking one of the first wheels being housed there. We're talking the beginning of civilization. ALL mankind was represented in the antiquities held and displayed. We knew that given time, they would loot. It leads back to us. Had the U.S. NOT entered Baghdad, it never would have happened. We MUST assume responsibility. We go there and we know they are going to blow up the oil wells, so do we let them burn? Heck NO! it's OIL baby! So we go to all of the oil fields we can find to put out the fires already started and de-bomb the ones yet started. It's all priorities. We pick 'em and the world sees 'em. Does that make friends or enemies?

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