Sunday, April 20, 2008

No End in Sight

Tonight I watched a documentary called No End in Sight (number 7 on the 2007 Howard Movie List), which chronicles the invasion of Iraq and its subsequent occupation and the mistakes that were made along the way. The film briefly touches upon the National Museum of Iraq, which contains a large collection of art and historical artifacts from the Mesopotamian civilization, the "cradle of civilization", thousands of years old.

The museum was looted in 2003 after the U.S. invasion of Baghdad, and the U.S. government was criticized at the time for not protecting the museum. When asked about the museum's looting, Donald Rumsfeld replied, "To try to pass off the fact of that unfortunate activity to a deficit in the war plan strikes me as a stretch."

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