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It is not a pretty picture that is emerging re antiquity "looting" of Iraq. Rump antiquity group, "American Council for Cultural Policy", meets with Bush in January, 2003: http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=10176 "The Councilís potential influence could be significant. The inaugural meeting of its 45-person Board of Advisers on 9 October at the Fifth Avenue apartment of Guido Goldman, a collector of Uzbek textiles" US scholars are alarmed, and on February 27 the following letter was sent to Rumsfeld "Dear Secretary Rumsfeld, I am writing to you as president of the Society for American Archaeology. Like all Americans, we hope that ongoing diplomatic efforts will be successful in resolving the situation in Iraq, but should those efforts fail and should the US take military action, we request that occupying military forces make every possible effort to comply with the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and protect Iraq's unique and priceless cultural heritage housed in museums, cultural institutions, and archaeological sites. .... http://www.saa.org/goverment/Iraq.html> And here is the reply, dated March 18, 2003.... ".....I have forwarded your letter, through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Staff Judge Advocate of U.S. Central Command...." http://www.saa.org/goverment/DODresponse.html Neo-cons who captured the White House in 2000 are managing to circumvent every legitimate American institution just as they are de-legitimizing the United Nations. There is now rumbling in DC about voiding the constitutional amendment limiting a president to two terms in office. . It is more than just worrying. And unfortunately not only for Americans. When will Blair end his blind support? pg ----- Original Message ----- From: "ppg" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2003 3:21 PM Subject: [casi] Members of US official cultural panel resign > The official presidential cultural advisors were cut out in January at the > White House by Bush's hastily assembled rump outfit of wheeler dealers, > suddenly pressing for relaxed regulations on importing of antiquities. > > Today, in the Washington Post : > http://tinyurl.com/9r8x > > Bush Cultural Advisers Quit Over Iraq Museum Theft > > Reuters > Thursday, April 17, 2003; 1:43 PM > > WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a U.S. presidential panel on cultural > property has resigned in protest at the failure of U.S. forces to prevent > the wholesale looting of priceless treasures from Baghdad's antiquities > museum. > > "It didn't have to happen," Martin Sullivan said of the objects that were > destroyed or stolen from the Iraqi National Museum in a wave of looting that > erupted as U.S.-led forces ended President Saddam Hussein's rule last week. > > Sullivan, who chaired the President's Advisory Committee on Cultural > Property for eight years, said he wrote a letter of resignation to the White > House this week in part to make a statement but also because "you can't > speak freely" as a special government-appointed employee. > > The president appoints the 11-member advisory committee. Another panel > member, Gary Vikan, also plans to resign because of the looting of the > museum. > > "Our priorities had a big gap," Sullivan told Reuters on Thursday. "In a > pre-emptive war that's the kind of thing you should have planned for." > > The National Museum held rare artifacts documenting the early civilizations > of ancient Mesopotamia, and leading archeologists were meeting in Paris on > Thursday to seek ways to rescue Iraq's cultural heritage. > > Earlier this week, antiquities experts said they had been given assurances > from U.S. military planners that Iraq's historic artifacts and sites would > be protected by occupying forces. > > U.S. archeological organizations and the U.N.'s cultural agency UNESCO said > they had provided U.S. officials with information about Iraq's cultural > heritage and archeological sites months before the war began. > > Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has rejected charges the U.S. military was > to blame for failing to prevent the looting, noting the country has offered > rewards for the return of artifacts and information on their whereabouts. > > "Looting is an unfortunate thing. Human beings are not perfect," Rumsfeld > said, earlier this month. "To the extent it happens in a war zone, it's > difficult to stop." > > The Advisory Committee on Cultural Property convenes when a country requests > U.S. assistance under the 1970 UNESCO Convention on international protection > of cultural objects. > > > > _______________________________________________ > Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. > To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss > To contact the list manager, email email@example.com > All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk