Tuesday | July 08, 2003
Kill the looters
By Steve Gilliard
An American archaeologist yesterday urged her compatriots to kill the looters who are pillaging archaeological sites in Iraq.
Prof Stone said the systematic looting of major archaeological sites and the destruction of artefacts such as broken cuneiform clay tablets, discarded by looters as worthless to collectors than intact tablets, but which could hold priceless information for archaeologists, may prove a greater disaster than the well publicised looting and destruction at the national museum in Baghdad, and the museum in Mosul.
So, when they massacre her collegues after a shooting, what will she say then?
Looting is a shame, but killing people to protect digs, well, I'd see it as counter productive. Especially when the enemy has access to RPG's and mortars.Posted July 08, 2003 08:13 PM