April 19, 2003

WHY DID Iraqis trash their

WHY DID Iraqis trash their museum? Robert Fisk wanted to know, so the WSJ's Eric Gibson helps him out:

In short, Iraqis laid waste to the museum in Baghdad because it had become the symbol of a hated regime. And little wonder. Saddam stole his country's treasures, hauling off truckloads for his enrichment. But he also misappropriated Iraq's history by making it a tool of his personality cult.

In time some of those objects may find their way back to Baghdad. But with Saddam now gone, their past is once again their own.

Posted by Tim Blair at April 19, 2003 01:24 AM