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World\'s Art Patrimony Destroyed (video)

Nov 5, 2008
Michael Hogan

On April 11 and 12, 2003 the National Museum in Baghdad was looted of 15,000 items. On April 14, 2003 the National Library and Archive as well as the Library of Korans at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and endowments was burned. A million books and 10 million documents were destroyed. US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was blase\': "Freedom\'s untidy---Free people are ffree to make mistakes and commit crimes." Rummy is wrong. The Hague Convention for the protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict signed on May 14, 1954 makes it a crime for an invading occupying power to allow art to be destroyed. A dozen art curators & historians, archaeologists and museum officials are quoted in this video. All agree it was the greatest cultural disaster in well over 500 years. US military officers allowed it to happen although they were repeatedly warned by experts. US troops participated in the looting and did nothing to stop the fires. The American humanity and soul died in Bagdad. We are all to blame.

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