Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Iraqi museums

While I have not had a chance to address this, I thought someone ought to mention what happened to the museums in Kuwait. There has been a ton of complaining about the Iraqi (and journalist) looting of Iraqi museums. What goes unmentioned is the Iraqi looting of Kuwaiti museums when they invaded Kuwait in 1991.

I am not sure what to make of this. Perhaps we should have realized that Iraqis have this thing for destroying museums and made some greater effort to stop it. Perhaps we should have thought that this is something they would only do to foreign museums and not done anything. Perhaps we should have assumed this would happen and see their own destruction of their own museums as an incident of ironic cosmic justice. Someone should mention the two events together and think about it.