The famous stele with the code of Hammurabi resides in the Louvre. Time for another Quelle Surpise!! The British Museum has tons of ancient Babylonian stuff too. I'd like to see an accounting of what exactly has been irreplacebly lost from this heist.
posted on 04/29/2003 9:08:38 AM PDT
. I'd like to see an accounting of what exactly has been irreplacebly lost from this heist.
Unfortunately the unwashed masses that looted the museum somehow thought to take time to destroy the documents that listed what was there. Pretty smart, if the unwashed masses wanted to cover up a major heist, but nonsensical if the were just petty thieves.
The only reason to shred the documents, was to cover the tracks of the final purchaser, a clear sign of the final purchaser being the operator of the heist instead of the unwashed masses.
We have several large reliefs in the Brooklyn Museum that come from Mesopotamia...I think that Steyn makes a good point...the people kvelling about the lost antiquities didn't seem to mind the people being slaughtered by the Saddam regime...potshards over people?...not a very humane way of looking at things.
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