When I saw the headline Iraq National Museum Treasures Plundered I wasn’t surprised but was dismayed just the same. The museum's most famous holding may have been tablets with Hammurabi's Code, one of mankind's earliest codes of law along with “The Ram in the Thicket” from Ur, a statue representing a deity from 2600 BC. It seems the army did park a couple of tanks at the entrance to the museum but they were needed elsewhere and then the looting started and lasted two days. What objects couldn’t be carried out were smashed. Looters also plundered Mosul University's library, with its rare ancient manuscripts. The library was ransacked despite appeals broadcast from the minarets of the city's mosque to halt the destruction. This is war is not a triumph it is destructive and the effects will be long lasting. I don’t condone the selling of antiquities that belong to nations but in this case I suggest anyone who is offered something that they buy it if they can. At least it be taken care of and may find its way back to a museum when the estate is sold. Otherwise if the looters can’t sell the objects they will get rid of them mostly by destroying them. Unfortunately most of the artifacts will be melted down if they are gold or gotten rid of because the looters won’t be able to find buyers. Some will sit in the closets and selves of the looters for years to come. It will be a bit of irony if some of the pottery goes back into use in the kitchens of the Iraqi’s serving up the evening meal.

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