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Submitted by H. Donald Busch (United States), Apr 25, 2003 at 13:03

...The bottom line is that the U.S. government told its troops to guard the Iraqi oil ministry but completely ignored the Museum.  This is in spite of requests they had received as long ago as last fall from scholars all over the world.  Sure, Iraqis did the looting and there can be no excuse for that (although military personnel and journalists are now being implicated as well), but if the Bush administration had done a better job, no one would have been able to loot the museum or burn the library and archives.  But the oil ministry was just more important than the cultural history of our civilization.
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