Looting of Iraqi artifacts harms liberators' cause

Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2003

Military personnel and journalists were

subjected to personal danger during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and many paid with their lives. It is disturbing to learn that others were caught trying to bring Iraqi art objects back to the United States.

To be sure, collection of souvenirs'' has long been a part of the chaos of war and its aftermath. Many World War II veterans have Japanese or Nazi flags and other items tucked away in their attics.

However, it appears that the Iraqi artworks, including paintings and historical objects, were pilfered specifically in hopes of selling them for a profit.

Bringing stability to this embattled country will not be easy, and Iraqis who have engaged in looting are not helping the process but neither are those liberators who purloin that which is not theirs to take.

The Times-Reporter, Dover-New Philadelphia, Ohio,

April 25

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