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The Rape Of Mesopotamia: Behind The Looting Of The Iraq Museum

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On April 10, 2003, as the world watched a statue of Saddam Hussein come crashing down in the heart of Baghdad, a mob of looters attacked the Iraq National Museum. Despite the presence of an American tank unit, the pillaging went unchecked, and more than 15,000 artifactssome of the oldest evidence of human culturedisappeared into the shadowy worldwide market in illicit antiquities. With The Rape of Mesopotamia , Lawrence Rothfield answers the complicated question of how this wholesale thievery was allowed to occur. S. governmentthat led to the invading forces utter indifference to the protection of Iraqs cultural heritage from looters. Widespread incompetence and miscommunication on the part of the Pentagon, unchecked by the disappointingly weak advocacy efforts of worldwide preservation advocates, enabled a tragedy that continues even today, despite widespread public outrage. Bringing his story up to the present, Rothfield argues forcefully that the international community has yet to learn the lessons of Iraqand that what happened there is liable to be repeated in future coicts. Item Dimensions: 6" L x 0. 8" W x 9" H.

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