Blood vs. Art vs. History vs. Oil

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Society
April 18th, 2003 • 6:07 pm

It’s a bit hard to express concern or sadness about the looting of Iraq’s museums when there are still people bleeding and dying because of the direct human impact of this US-led war against Iraq. When you are dying or your mother or father or brother or sister has just died, a few thousand years of human history don’t really matter much.

At the same time, it’s hard not to see, once again, the utter cynicism and carelessness of the current US administration when it comes to anything but oil fields:

Pentagon Was Told Of Risk to Museums” by Guy Gugliotta, Washington Post

I am sure that Mr. Rumsfeld and his clique had better things to do than to worry about the historic value of the birthplace of civilization and the many artifacts stored in Baghdad’s museums. “Bad things happen in life, and people do loot,” he says.

By that token, Mr. Rumsfeld, bad things happen in life: people make errors; they don’t admit it; history punishes them for it. What goes around comes around.

There is only so much idiocy and arrogance that the world can take. These are the “facts of life”, Mr. Rumsfeld. Better get used to it.

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