Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Day At The Museum

Today we visited an ancient history museum in Baghdad, one that was looted shortly after the Coalition took over the city five years ago. We spoke with the General Manger, who emotionally described her efforts to try to recover the stolen pieces as well as put an end to all looting of Iraqi's historical treasures. I couldn't help but think back to the first Gulf War when much of neighboring Kuwait's wealth and heritage was loaded onto trucks and driven back to Iraq by Saddam's regime. Karma applies to nations as well.

The museum itself reminded me of a prison; long dark hallways lined with East German-like offices, green painted bars on all of the doors and windows. Florescent bulbs lit the rooms, and only the best offices had plastic plants adorning the corners. The museum remains closed to the public for fear that a bombing or some other violent act will further rob this country of what ancient historic treasures it has remaining.

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