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Subject: Oops, I misread the part about you saying the antiquities belong to Iraqis so I apologize for that, however, you are wrong about UNESCO.

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Date Posted: 16:19:48 04/17/03 Thu
In reply to: chadi 's message, "First, I never claimed that the Mesopotamian artifacts belong to the Iraqi people only. In fact, I said the artifacts don't belong to the Iraqi people only but to all of humanity; so you may need to report more correctly the statments of people you criticize in order to be more convincing." on 12:19:22 04/17/03 Thu

It was not UNESCO that gave the American military a list of archaeological sites. First of all, America has no obligation to UNESCO since it has not been a part of that organization since the 1980's. Also, As much as some people hate Bush, he has been instrumental in trying to get the US to rejoin UNESCO. It is erroneous to say that "all Americans care about is Iraqi oil" since it was American archaeologists that have been in the forefront of the movement to try and protect these antiquities. It is only now that a UNESCO team from Paris is going to Iraq to assess the damage done by looters, however, if they really were that worried, why didn't the go in the beginning? It has been known for some time that looting would take place if a war were to break out in Iraq.

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