Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Perspective: Fighting for Iraq's culture

With the situation in Iraq growing seemingly graver by the day, Americans are increasingly reluctant to risk American blood to save Iraqi lives. So it's a pretty tough sell to ask people to care about a bunch of old rocks with funny writing.

But what if they understood that the plunder of Iraq's 10,000 poorly guarded archaeological sites not only deprives future generations of incomparable works of art, but also finances the insurgents? Having led the United States investigation into the looting of the Iraq National Museum in 2003, I know that millions of dollars' worth of antiquities flow out of the country each year. And it would be naïve to think the insurgents aren't getting a major share of the loot.

Read the rest at the International Herald Tribune