[Marxism] Looting of Iraq Museum

Stuart Lawrence stuartlawrence at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 10 11:00:59 MST 2004

You might want to start with a look at an article by Gregory Elich, 
"Spoils of War: The Antiquities Trade and the Looting of Iraq," at 

Stuart Lawrence

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Calvin Broadbent" <calvinbroadbent at hotmail.com>
To: <marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
Sent: Friday, December 10, 2004 12:51 PM
Subject: [Marxism] Looting of Iraq Museum


Does anyone know of any good articles online detailing the circumstances
surrounding the looting of the Museum of Antiquity in Iraq around one 
ago? I have not found any articles in the marxmail archives dealing with 
whys and wherefores of this sad event. I bring this up in relation to a
comment I heard to the effect that Iraq needs a strong governmental 
force to
prevent widespread anarchy in the country. Of course, the 'anarchy' is
entirely a product of foreign military assault and economic 
not to mention the well-documented complete indifference of the 
occupiers to
such instances of social disintegration. Still, I would like to know 
about the details of this particular 'crime'. Were the looters hoping to
sell museum artifacts on the black market, for example? If so, is there 
indication that they were they successful? Thanks in advance. 

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