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Not to worry, the Germans still have the best Iraqui art...(3 posts)

Not to worry, the Germans still have the best Iraqui art...Bruno S
Apr 17, 2003 8:34 PM
Indeed, the Germans took the largest archaeological pieces from Iraq long time ago. For example the Babylon Processional Way was located in the ancient Biblical city of Babel (South of Baghdad) . It was excavated, reassembled, and today resides in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. Also at this museum you can find the huge Ishtar Gates from Babylon and a huge collections of art extracted from the region. Some of these art pieces date from 6000 years B.C.

The recent looting of the Baghdad Museum shows how inexperienced the US is at waging war with other countries. The French, British and Germans were experts at this. Their museums are full of treasures collected (stolen) from the colonies. The British Museum has a collection of Egyptian art that even the Egyptians would like to have. An obelix adorns the start of the Champs Elysee.

I expected the Met to have an exposition of ancient Middle Eastern art soon after the war (The spoils of war). But what does our troops do? They start toppling statues. A French or German army would have headed to the museums and banks to catalogue and store all valuables. Of course these countries are experts at doing this and they do it to each other. The Quadriga was stolen by Napoleon's army from the top of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. A few years later the German army stole it back from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Inexplicably after WWII, it is still in Berlin. It would be expected to be in Washington D.C. But maybe the U.S. goes to war for different reasons than most countries.
yes sherlock youre onto somethingFunston
Apr 17, 2003 11:40 PM
Maybe the US went to war to protect something very desirable that's hidden underground and I don't mean WMDs. Our sense of history doesn't go back as far as France and Germany which is both a good thing and alas a bad thing.

History is bunk................... (Henry Ford)
The USA stole at least one artifact from the Germans...mohair_chair
Apr 21, 2003 1:47 PM
Somewhere in a warehouse in the USA is the Ark of the Covenant, which Dr. Jones took away from the Nazis after a series of exciting and death defying exploits. I wonder why it was never put on display in the Smithsonian? Oh wait, I think that was a movie. Sorry. Never mind.