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Which Iraqis Did It?

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Submitted by Virginia Thogersen (United States), Apr 23, 2003 at 16:15

In viewing a video by an embedded reporter early in the war, the cameraman scanned the rooms of an empty palace in Basra where on one wall was an exposed electrical outlet with the wiring hanging down. I remarked to my husband that the palace looked like it was under construction, almost finished, but never occupied. This was before the looting started.

After seeing the looting, it occurred to me that the Saddam might very well have emptied the palaces, and perhaps his people even stole the electrical switches.

If the museums had vaulted rooms, like you say, which were ransacked, why is it not reasonable to suppose that Saddam or his cohorts stole the treasures and ferreted them out of Iraq or into hiding long before the war. Who would have missed the treasures if they were locked up and out of public view?

Iraq's WMD will be found one day. Maybe the treasures will be found next to them.
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